Cultivating Our Conversation: The Christian Practice of Nonviolent Discourse in the Public Square Open Access

Williamson, Jason Gordon

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Cultivating Our Conversation:
The Christian Practice of Nonviolent Discourse in the Public Square
By Jason G. Williamson
Christian discourse in the public square in America today needs to be
changed. This paper proposes that the practice of nonviolent discourse is
necessary when Christians engage in the public square. The historical
Augustinian dualism that leads to a divisive attitude of "us" vs. "them" must be
rejected in favor of an inclusive manner of engagement. When speaking publicly,
Christians should replace moral certitude with theological humility and allow an
agapic ethic to inform their speech. In this way, nonviolent discourse represents
a living faith that authentically reflects Jesus' commands to love one another.
Jubilee Partners, an intentional Christian community, provides an example of
this type of public nonviolent discourse.


Cultivating Our Conversation:
The Christian Practice of Nonviolent Discourse in the Public Square
By
Jason G. Williamson
A.B., University of Georgia, 2009
Advisor: Ellen Ott Marshall, Ph.D.
A thesis submitted to the Faculty of the
Candler School of Theology
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of
Master of Theological Studies
2011

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