The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics / Edition 1

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Written by internationally renowned scholars, this Companion maps the moral teachings of the world’s religions, and also charts new directions for work in the field of religious ethics.

  • Now available in paperback, this is a rich resource for understanding the moral teachings and practices of the world’s religions
  • Includes detailed discussions of issues in moral theory
  • Offers extensive treatment of the world’s major religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese religions and African religions
  • Compares the ways in which the religions provide resources for addressing current moral challenges in areas such as ecology, economics, global dynamics, religious war, human rights and other topics.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This volume is an extremely thorough and scholarly resource in religious ethics, containing comprehensive essays by fifty-seven scholars, some of them quite well known." (Religious Studies Review, June 2010)

 “Edited by the superbly qualified Schweiker, this book contains 57 short articles by leading scholars of religious ethics … The volume's goal of exhibiting the horizons of contemporary work in religious ethics is well achieved … It serves also as a useful reference on the most studied traditions and on theoretical and practical issues. Highly recommended.” Choice

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Meet the Author

William Schwieker is Director of the Martin Marty Center and Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics in the Divinity School, University of Chicago. He is the author of Mimetic Reflections: A Study in Hermeneutics, Theology and Ethics (1990); Responsibility and Christian Ethics (1995); Power, Value and Conviction: Theological Ethics in the Postmodern Age (1998); and Theological Ethics and Global Dynamics: In the Time of Many Worlds (2004). He has published numerous articles and award-winning essays, as well as edited and contributed to five volumes on moral theory and hermeneutics.

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Table of Contents

On religious ethics 1
1 Moral theories 19
2 Moral truth 27
3 Agents and moral formation 36
4 Ideas of ethical excellence 45
5 Practical reasoning and moral casuistry 53
6 Authority and religious experience 61
7 Text and canon 69
8 Practices 78
9 Ritual 86
10 Saints and exemplars 94
11 Law and religion 104
12 Norms, values, and metaphysics 112
13 Cosmology 120
14 Culture and moral pluralism 129
15 History of religions 138
16 Comparison in religious ethics 147
17 Jewish ethics? 159
18 Foundations of Jewish ethics 166
19 Ethics differentiated from the law 176
20 From law to ethics ... and back 188
21 Christian ethics? 197
22 Origins of Christian ethics 204
23 Differentiation in Christian ethics 214
24 Trajectories in Christian ethics 227
25 Muslim ethics? 237
26 Origins of Islamic ethics : foundations and constructions 244
27 Islamic ethics : differentiations 254
28 Muslim ethical trajectories in the contemporary period 268
29 Buddhist ethics? 278
30 Origins of Buddhist ethics 286
31 Cultural differentiation in Buddhist ethics 297
32 Buddhist ethics : trajectories 312 |
33 Hindu ethics? 323
34 Origins of Hindu ethics 330
35 Differentiations in Hindu ethics 341
36 Trajectories of Hindu ethics 355
37 Chinese ethics? 368
38 Origins of Chinese ethics 374
39 Differentiations in Chinese ethics 381
40 Trajectories of Chinese religious ethics 395
41 African ethics? 406
42 Origins of African ethics 413
43 Differentiations in African ethics 423
44 Trajectories in African ethics 438
45 Economics 451
46 Technology 459
47 Ecology 469
48 Nations 477
49 Global dynamics 485
50 Religious membership 493
51 Human rights 501
52 Future generations 511
53 Health 519
54 Body culture 527
55 Religion and religious war 536
56 Moral development 544
57 Indigenous peoples 552
Glossary of basic terms 562
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