Religion and Civil Discourse

This project of the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics brought together representatives of twenty-four faith traditions to discuss controversial issues that arose at the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development at Cairo in 1994. The proceedings of roundtable meetings and semi-structured interviews were analyzed for their morally and ethically normative content and for points of commonality and difference. The result was a set of guidelines for civil discourse of controversial issues by religious actors.


Martin Marty, David S. Guinn, and Larry Greenfield. Religion and Public Discourse: Guidelines for Religious Participants (Chicago: Park Ridge Center, 1998)

Civil Discourse, special issue of Park Ridge Center Bulletin 9 (May/June 1999)