I’m supposed to know how to conduct difficult conversations. I’ve more-or-less kept this blog alive for a few years now, and despite the history of conflict between Jews and Christians, we’ve kept things civil here. More than civil, I think. This has been a space where people expressed doubt and self-criticism, and felt comfortable thinking out loud.
But truth be told, I haven’t had to work terribly hard to keep Jews and Christians from behaving badly. This is an age of positive Jewish-Christian dialogue. These days, most Jews and Christians appear uncommonly polite in their conversations with each other.
Contrast Jewish-Christian dialogue with the current state of political discourse in the United States. Our public political conversations are not polite, and if my experience is any judge, we’re not having many private political conversations between right and left.