Comparative Religious Ethics: A Narrative Approach to Global Ethics / Edition 2

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This popular textbook has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect recent global developments, whilst retaining its unique and compelling narrative-style approach. Using ancient stories from diverse religions, it explores a broad range of important and complex moral issues, resulting in a truly reader-friendly and comparative introduction to religious ethics.
• A thoroughly revised and expanded new edition of this popular textbook, yet retains the unique narrative-style approach which has proved so successful with students
• Considers the ways in which ancient stories from diverse religions, such as the Bhagavad Gita and the lives of Jesus and Buddha, have provided ethical orientation in the modern world
• Updated to reflect recent discussions on globalization and its influence on cross-cultural and comparative ethics, economic dimensions to ethics, Gandhian traditions, and global ethics in an age of terrorism
• Expands coverage of Asian religions, quest narratives, the religious and philosophical approach to ethics in the West, and considers Chinese influences on Thich Nhat Hanh's Zen Buddhism, and Augustine's Confessions
• Accompanied by an instructor's manual which shows how to use the book in conjunction with contemporary films

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"It is indeed a very rare thing to have the opportunity andprivilege to work with a book that engages, challenges and provokesthe student to wrestle with the fundamental ethical questions ofour time. Comparative Religious Ethics is such a book.Intellectually rigorous, profoundly insightful and beautifullywritten, it is an invaluable resource for the instructor andstudent alike."
Louise M. Doire, College of Charleston

"Comparative Religious Ethics invites the reader tocomprehend the ethical teachings of the world's religions by meansof narratives drawn from those traditions and from human historicalexperience. The stories range from Gilgamesh to Gandhi and fromHiroshima to globalization. Beneath the engaging narratives lies anapproach rich in theoretical insights from the study of comparativereligion and ethical theory."
Ronald M. Green, Dartmouth College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444331332
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 628,758
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrell J. Fasching is Professor of Religious Studies at theUniversity of South Florida where he has previously served asAssociate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and as Chair ofthe Department of Religious Studies. He is a co-author (with JohnEsposito and Todd Lewis) of World Religions Today (2008) andthe author of The Coming of the Millenium, Religion andGlobalization (1996), and Narrative Theology afterAuschwitz (1992).

Dell deChant is Instructor and Director of UndergraduateStudies in Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. Heis the author of a number of titles, including Religion andCulture in the West: A Primer (2008) and The Sacred Santa:Religious Dimensions of Consumer Culture (2002). He is editorof the Journal of the Society for the Study of MetaphysicalReligions.

David Lantigua is a Ph.D. candidate in MoralTheology/Christian Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. He is acontributor to Hispanic American Religious Cultures (2009)and has published in Aporia Undergraduate PhilosophyJournal. For the Spring of 2011 he has received a grant fordissertation research in Salamanca, Spain, to investigate thetopics of religious rights, just war, and the limits of tolerationamong sixteenth-century Spanish theologians and jurists.

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Table of Contents



PART I Religion, Ethics, And Stories Of War AndPeace.

1 Religion, Ethics, And Storytelling.

Storytelling: from Comparative Ethics to Global Ethics.

Religion: the Sacred and the Holy.

Religion and the Deep Structures of the Sacred and the Holy andtheir Mediations.

The Awakening of Ethical Consciousness: the Power of ReligiousStories, East and West.

The Great Religious Stories of the World – anOverview.

A Postscript on Religious Language.

Questions for Discussion.


2 Stories Of War And Peace In An Age Of Globalization.


Tales of Demonic Madness: from Auschwitz to Hiroshima.

Auschwitz and Hiroshima: the Formative Religious Events of thePostmodern World.

Techno-bureaucratic Rationality and the Demise of EthicalConsciousness Doubling and the Myth of Life through Death: theSpiritual Logic of Mass Death in the Twentieth Century.

The Way of All the Earth: Global Ethics and Tales of DivineMadness Questions for Discussion.


PART II War And Peace: Ancient Stories And Postmodern LifeStories Introduction: Ethics after Auschwitz and Hiroshima.

3 Gilgamesh And The Religious Quest.

The Story of Gilgamesh: the Crises of Morality, Mortality, andMeaning Urbanization, Doubling, Death, and the Possibility ofEthical Reflection.

The Quest – the Way of the Virtues.

Questions for Discussion.


4 The Socratic Religious Experience: From The Birth Of Ethics ToThe Quest For Cosmopolis.

The Story of the Trial of Socrates.

The Socratic Invention of Ethics – the Way of Doubt.

The Polis and the Quest for Cosmopolis: the Classical Era.

The Story of Augustine's Confessions – Faith as aSurrender to Doubt.

The Socratic–Augustinian Quest for a Global Ethic.

Questions for Discussion.


5 Hindu Stories – Ancient And Postmodern.

Cosmic Story: the Myth of Liberation.

Formative Story: Arjuna and Krishna.

Life Story: Mohandas K. Gandhi and the Way of Brahmacharya.

Comparative Reflections: the Paradoxes of War and Peace.

Questions for Discussion.


6 Buddhist Stories – Ancient And Postmodern.

Formative Story: Siddhartha.

The Cosmic Story Revised: the Myth of Liberation.

Life Story: Thich Nhat Hanh, the Way of Mindfulness and the Daoof Zen.

Comparative Reflections: Gandhi and Thich Nhat Hanh.

Postscript: the Virtues of the Quest in Gilgamesh, Augustine,and Siddhartha.

Questions for Discussion.


7 Jewish Stories – Ancient And Postmodern.

Cosmic Story: the Myth of History.

Formative Story: the Audacity of Job.

Life Story: Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Way of Audacity.

Comparative Reflections: Heschel, Gandhi, and Thich NhatHanh.

Questions for Discussion.


8 Christian Stories – Ancient And Postmodern.

Formative Story: Jesus of Nazareth.

The Cosmic Story Revised: the Incarnation of the Word.

Life Story: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Way of theCross.

Comparative Reflections: King, Heschel, Gandhi, and Thich NhatHanh.

Questions for Discussion.


9 Islamic Stories – Ancient And Postmodern.

Formative Story: Muhammad.

Cosmic Story: Further Revisions of the Myth of History.

Life Story: Malcolm X and the Way of Pilgrimage.

Comparative Reflections: Just War or Non-Violence? –Malcolm X’s.

Argument with the Gandhian Tradition.

Questions for Discussion.


PART III The Path To Global Ethics – The Way Of All TheEarth.


10 Feminist Audacity And The Ethics Of Interdependence.

The Feminist Challenge to the Myths of Life through Death.

The Feminist Alternative: Interdependence and the Ethics ofCare.

Life Story: Joanna Macy and Buddhist Ecofeminism.

Life Story: Rosemary Ruether and Christian Ecofeminism.


Questions for Discussion.


11 Cosmopolis: The Way Of All The Earth.

Globalization and the Story of Babel: from Ethnocentrism toInterdependence.

Ecofeminism: from the Social Ecology of Conscience to the SocialEcology of Justice.

The Way of All the Earth.

Questions for Discussion.


Index of Names and Terms.

Index of Subjects.

See the Website for this book for thefollowing: Epilogue: Gandhian Ethics in an Age of Terrorism.

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