Michael Gerson discusses Confident Pluralism in his latest Washington Post column. He suggests that I am “proposing a national cleanup effort to make our public life more pleasant and productive.” And he concludes with this: “We should not play down the stakes. Tolerance, humility and patience are not the ornaments of a democracy, they are its essence.”
Mark Tushnet, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has a series of (mostly critical) posts about Confident Pluralism. I respond to him on the blog, Mirror of Justice.
This is a guest post by Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that aims to promote interfaith cooperation. Eboo is the author of two books, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation and Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America. He has spoken at the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country.
I’m delighted to share a free study guide to accompany Confident Pluralism. Like most authors, part of my goal in writing this book is to get people to talk about its ideas. But I think the topics I address may be particularly well-suited to consider with a group of people rather than in isolation–this is, after all, a book about living with each other amidst our differences.
A number of people have observed to me that the current political season is giving us lots of illustrations of the need for a more confident pluralism that allows for us to engage in genuine disagreement without abusing each other. Pete Wehner, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times makes the connection explicit in a piece out today in Commentary.
Pastor and author Tim Keller joins me for a short video discussion about Confident Pluralism in my second post previewing the release of the book. I first met Tim a few years ago, and I’ve appreciated the ways that his own writing and speaking echo similar themes.