Ethical Issues in Six Religious Traditions / Edition 2

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A new edition of this bestseller, the only book to cover this range of ethical issues with attention both to the roundedness and individual integrity of each religious tradition and to focused issues which are of contemporary interest.

The format of the book has not changed. It provides for parallel study of the values held by different communities, exploring the ethical foundations of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each section introduces a different religion and sets the wider context within which more specific questions can be asked. Individual topics can be accessed and understood not only within a tradition as a whole but also across traditions through careful indexing. The following topics are then addressed as appropriate to the given traditions:

Religious Identity and Authority
Personal and Private?
Marriage and Family
Influence on and Use of Time and Money
Quality and Value of Life
Questions of Right and Wrong
Equality and Difference
National Divisions, War and Peace
Global Issues

Key features

* Each section is written by a specialist in that religious tradition, who in some cases is also an 'insider' and in the other cases has worked closely and in a respected and respectful way with members of that tradition.

* Individual topics can be accessed and understood not only within a tradition as a whole but also across traditions through careful indexing

* Additions to the text include subsections on reproduction, vegetarianism, just war and terrorism; and new material on weapons of mass destruction and pre-emptive strikes and genetic modification

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Sixty essays explore the ethical foundations of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Six sections introduce each of these religions, setting it in a wider context, and then addressing ten topics in turn: religious identity and authority; personal and private?; marriage and family; influences on and use of time and money; the quality and value of life; questions of right and wrong; equality and difference; national divisions; war and peace; and global issues. Distributed by Columbia U. Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Martin Baumann
This book's comparative approach is both instructive and stimulating....[T]he presentation and explanation of ethical issues in six religious traditions [is] a fruitful and beneficial approach to provide information on topics, increasingly disputed in societal discourse. The book thus can contribute in fostering mutual understanding and an acceptance of difference, desperately needed in today's multifaith and multicultural societies.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748623297
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2007
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peggy Morgan is lecturer in Study of Religions at Mansfield College, Oxford and a member of the University of Oxford Faculty of Theology. Clive Lawton is UJIA Fellow in Jewish Education and Community Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Chair of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and the weekly lead columnist for the London Jewish News.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Sect. A Hinduism
Sect. B Buddhism
Sect. C Sikhism
Sect. D Judaism
Sect. E Christianity
Sect. F Islam
General Bibliography
General Addresses
Notes on Contributors
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