Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy

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INDEX
Abortion issue: and abuses of tolerance, 215-16, 218-19; demonization of opponents on, 123; and incivility in religion, 250; legal prohibitions on, 223; as political litmus test, 135; and scientism, 203-4
Achievement vs. self-esteem, 109-10
Ackerman, Bruce, 241
Acquisitiveness as virtue, 169-70
Advertising, amoral nature of, 170-74
Alekhine, Alexander, 143
America: and civility in diversity, 25; historic incivility of, xi-xii, 13-14; loss of civility in, 38; social myth of, 39-43, 52-53; social transformation of, 43-54; as theocracy, 266
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 93
Ammerman, Nancy, 255
Andersen, Kurt, 194
Anger and violent language, 150, 162
Anti-Communism, 41, 49
Antidiscrimination laws vs. religious freedom, 263
Anti-Semitism, 142, 143, 144, 256
AOL4FREE program, 55-56
Attack politics, 89, 117-31
Atwater, Lee, 119
Automobile, social role of, 6, 7-8, 40
Autonomy, 212, 261-62. See also entries starting with Freedom
Awe in presence of others, 71-73, 101-3, 107-8, 123, 125, 137. See also Respect for others
Baby boom generation, 91-95
Barmen Declaration, 275-76
Bates, Stephen, 123
Beadle, Irwin, 65
Bell, Daniel, 41
Belonging, sense of, 52, 62, 82, 88
Bennett, William, 6-7
Bernstein, Lisa, 88
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, 242
Bork, Robert, 124, 125
Bounded discourse, 133-36
Brennan, William, 212
Brewster, Kingman, 292
Brown, Robert McAfee, 266
Brown v. Board of Education, 124, 204-5
Burke, Edmund, 87
Butler, Jon, 267
Capitalism, amoral nature of, 168-69. See also Market mentality
Carter, Jimmy, 119
Centerwall, Brandon, 158
Certainty, moral, 39, 40-43, 52, 133-34
Character, xi-xii, 66. See also Education, moral
Charitable giving, 6, 72, 272, 285-86
Child abuse, 243
Children: and dangers of cyberspace, 198; loss of respect from, 10-11; moral education of, 59, 177, 225, 229-34, 237-44, 284-85; protection of, 234-38; society's moral responsibility for, 180, 184; and violence on television, 158--59
Choice, freedom of, 72, 77-81, 85-90
Christian tradition: and Christmas, 269-73; civilizing role of, xii, xiii; and Civil Rights Movement, 28-30; and common good, 17; democratic role of, 265-68; distortions of, 250-51, 266-68; dominance of Protestant, 39, 267; and free will, 80; integrity within, 274-76; on love, 97-98, 100; and moral criticism, 217; pacifism in, 156; as proselytizing religion, 256
Christmas holiday, 269-73
Church/state separation issue, 252, 253, 261-64, 267-68, 269-70
City life, social norms of, 63-66
Civility: abuses of, 16; criticism of, 21-22, 286; defense of, 18; definition, xii, 11-12; etymology of, 15; as functional for group, 184-85; history of, 14-15, 26-27, 277-78; inefficiency of, 187-89, 192; as orientation of soul, 102; overview of rules, 279-85; proactive nature of, 71; as uniquely human behavior, 19, 24

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xi
  • I - The Collapse of the Three-Legged Stool 1
  • I - Barbarians Running Late 3
  • 2 - Do Manners Matter? 20
  • 3 - The Death of the Golden Age 38
  • 4 - Welcoming the Stranger 55
  • 5 - The Embarrassment of Free Will 76
  • 6 - Sacrifice and Neighbor-Love 96
  • II - Incivility's Instruments 113
  • 7 - The Demon on the Other Side 115
  • 8 - The Varieties of (not) Listening 132
  • 9 - Fighting Words 148
  • 10 167
  • II - Some Technologies of Incivility 186
  • 12 - Law, Tolerance, and Civility's Illusions 207
  • III - Civilizing the Twenty-First Century 227
  • 13 - Where Civility Begins 229
  • 14 - Uncivil Religion 249
  • 15 - Civility and the Challenge of Christendom 265
  • 16 - The Etiquette of Democracy 277
  • 17 - Coda: the Civility of Silence 287
  • Notes 293
  • Index 333
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