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978-1-4985-0401-0 • Hardback • May 2015 • $109.00 • (£84.00)
978-1-4985-0402-7 • eBook • May 2015 • $103.50 • (£80.00)
Gordon S. Jackson is professor of communication studies at Whitworth University.
Chapter 1: Freedom of Expression––Why Christians Should Care
Chapter 2: A Theology of Freedom and Free Expression
Chapter 3: Free Expression and Feuds Among the Faithful
Chapter 4: Free Expression’s Antithesis––Defining Censorship
Chapter 5: Censorship––A Dangerous, Corrosive Force
Chapter 6: Limits on Free Expression––Why We Still Want Them
Chapter 7: Christians, Government and the Politics of Free Expression
Chapter 8: Responding Christianly––Part 1: Setting the Stage
Chapter 9: Responding Christianly––Part 2: Nurturing Free Expression
Chapter 10: Conclusion––“A More Excellent Way”
"This work realistically describes the tension to be managed between the deep convictions of being a Christian and effectively navigating the pathologies of "free expression" in our culture. It goes far beyond the idea of those of us that live under the First Amendment in America. Today more than ever, the cultural conversation needs some lessons from history, Scripture, and Professor Jackson's book."
— Chris M. Leland, Colorado Christian University
Jackson offers a well written, and at times delightfully lighthearted, book that advances the discussion of the critical connections between communication and religion. Timely issues in our pluralistic society, such as religion in public schools, are reframed as opportunities for transparency and dialog. Jackson's goal is always to promote God's will through deliberative discourse. A suitable read for a wide-ranging audience, this book reminds us to embrace '...grace and forgiveness as we love the unlovable.'
— Kristen L. Majocha, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Christians, Free Expression, and the Common Good is a well-researched and balanced work that examines the relationship between faith and free speech that advances the public discourse on these important topics. Jackson presents a thoughtful argument with relevant examples that will resonate with readers.
— Jeanne M. Persuit, University of North Carolina Wilmington