Ethics in the World Religions

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This latest addition to the Oneworld Library of Global Ethics and Religion contains articles from leading scholars on the role played by religious ethics in today's society.
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Books derived from conferences always have a strangely eclectic air. They do not attempt to be comprehensive or exhaustive, yet they are undeniably rich. The product of a conference of world religions and ethics scholars at Chapman and Loyola Marymount universities in spring 2000, this title is no exception. Runzo and Martin, both professors of religious studies at Chapman University, present 17 essays from the conference some personal, some purely scholarly, and all retaining the colloquial tone suitable for oral presentation. Readers will sense that a serious attempt was made to be ecumenical, but, as a whole, the emphasis is on religions outside the Judeo-Christian tradition (Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, and Buddhism), which is understandable in a work of this kind. Selecting the gems in a uniformly strong collection is difficult, but here they are undeniably the essays in which the author seeks wisdom from details: Zayn R. Kassam (Pomona Coll.) writes about Islamic ethics and female genital mutilation, while William R. Lafleur (Univ. of Pennsylvania) discusses Buddhist ethics and human organ transplants. This volume will serve as an excellent supplementary reader for any advanced university class on religious ethics and will also reward lay readers interested in world religions and ethics. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Glenn Masuchika, Rockwell Collins Information Ctr., Cedar Rapids, IA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Inter-Religious Understanding 1
1 Being Religious and Doing Ethics in a Global World 19
2 Religion and the Possibility of a Global Ethics 39
3 Religious Moral Diversity and Relationships 65
4 Doing the Right and the Good: Fundamental Convictions and Methods of Jewish Ethics 89
5 Islamic Ethics and Gender Issues 115
6 The Evolutionary Self in Christian and Philosophical Perspectives 137
7 The Leveling of Meaning: Christian Ethics in a Culture of Unconcern 161
8 Hindu Ethics and Dharma 177
9 Pushing the Boundaries of Personal Ethics: The Practice of Jaina Vows 197
10 Practices of Perfection: The Ethical Aim of Mahayana Buddhism 219
11 Confucianism: Concern and Civility 235
12 "That was then ...": Debating Nonviolence within the Textual Traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam 251
13 From Agape to Organs: Religious Difference Between Japan and America in Judging the Ethics of the Transplant 271
14 Dogged Loyalties: A Classical Indian Intervention in Care Ethics 293
15 Christian Social Ethics in a Global Context 309
16 Confucian Cosmology and Ecological Ethics: Qi, Li, and the Role of the Human 331
17 Multiplism: A Jaina Ethics of Toleration for a Complex World 347
Select Bibliography 370
Index 375
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