Teresa Bejan writes on US Politics, Trump and the Protestant Reformation

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"As our wars of words threaten to give way to swords, the historically minded may detect an uncanny echo of another, early modern crisis of civility".

 

Teresa Bejan has written for the Washington Post on Trump, US politics, and the Protestant Reformation, arguing that "modern Americans could stand to learn a thing or two from the 17th-century founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams. As practiced by Williams, mere civility was more often an expression of mutual contempt than mutual admiration... Yet mere civility demands that we keep the disagreement going, no matter how disagreeable, to continue the battle of words without resorting to swords."

 

The full article is available to read on the Washington Post's website.

More information on Teresa's recent book, Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration is available here.

Professor Teresa M. Bejan is Associate Professor of Political Theory