This is a guest post by Liz McCloskey, a Danforth Visiting Scholar at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. With support from the Templeton Foundation and Washington University, Liz is working on a collection of spiritual narratives drawn from the United States Senate called “Profiles in Spirit.” Primarily through in-depth interviews, she is seeking, finding, and shining a light on the virtue of humility in a dozen selected public servants across differences of party, gender, race, ethnicity and religion.
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.”
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.