My ebook, Our Last Option, is Patheos Book Club’s Book of the Month

I just got word that my ebook, Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square, is the Patheos Book Club’s book of the month. Check out the interview I did with Patheos editor Kathleen Mulhern about the impetus behind Our Last Option and how to make pluralism work. You can also read the Preface, Introduction, [Read More…]

Conforming Toward Normalcy

Even though for many there is no longer a need to conform to conservative or Christian values, the felt needs to conform towards normalcy are no less intense. Just look to the popular MTV show Catfish. This docudrama details the all-too-common scenario of fake personalities online engaging in emotionally invested relationships that also happen online. The hook of Catfish [Read More…]

Such a Bridge Is Possible

“When trapped in a power-based system where the dominant entity dictates cultural normalcy, anything outside the traditional realm of what is commonly understood as acceptable is automatically viewed by those in charge as sketchy and unreliable. It is almost as if it is their job as “protectors of the way things are” to undermine any new work and [Read More…]

Impact Trumps Power

“Current culture war ideology says with correctness comes power. Add on to that the fact that many in today’s power-based culture believe that power is the key factor which influences the masses. However, something more important trumps power: impact. Having power is one thing. Having the ability to earn high levels of buy-in by the [Read More…]

On Fidelity

The pressure to convince the other of your correctness fosters defensiveness. Commitment to the long view of sustained in-person interaction between strongly opposed worldviews is never an easy process. Yet, sustainable connections almost always rearrange false assumptions. This does not mean all will agree. It does mean that a new awakening of deeper levels of [Read More…]

An Ethic of Inclusion

Practicing an ethic of inclusion does not mean that in order for opposing worldviews to come together there must be a lack of conviction on the part of any of the participants. Too often, partisan activists see an inclusion of the other as a fatal weakness in the bridge building process.  I see no such thing. [Read More…]

Building Bridges

Inherent within bridge building is the necessity to intentionally partner and work with both worldviews.  One cannot build a bridge without both worldviews present, and further: Both of the opposing worldviews must be actively engaged in the work. Both must put down the fear of going against the cultural grain of “acceptable” engagement and be [Read More…]

Our Last Option: Reconciliation

The point is that a lifestyle of actual reconciliation is not something that can be turned on and off. The most difficult thing for anyone to do is be the first one to stand up. Yet once that first time is in the books, standing up becomes normal—not for pride or revenge or even justice. Rather, for the [Read More…]

Part 2: Read an Excerpt from My New Book #OurLastOption

You can look at the Table of Contents and read an excerpt from the Preface here. This is an excerpt from the Introduction our my new ebook Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (US, Canada, UK). In the Introduction I’m setting up the book by exploring the [Read More…]

Part 1: Read an Excerpt from My New Book #OurLastOption

Are you wondering what Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (US, Canada, UK), is all about? Here are the Table of Contents, and the beginning portion to the Preface (A Common Language). Read a description of Our Last Option here. Table of Contents Preface: A Common Language Introduction [Read More…]

Get My New Book FOR FREE!

In four easy steps, find out how you can get Andrew Marin’s new ebook, Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square, FOR FREE! Our Last Option is currently available worldwide on iBooks and Amazon, and next week on Nook and all other eReader formats. [Read more…]

The Cover for My New Book

Here it is! You can read the description here. I’ll be posting some great promotional opportunities soon (and by “great” I mean get the book in-advance for FREE!) #OurLastOption Much love. [Read more…]