Faith In The Future

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Faith in the Future addresses some of the major themes of our time: the fragmentation of our common culture, the breakdown of family and community life, the lack of moral direction, and the waning of religious belief. How, Sacks asks, can we construct a humane social order that honors human dignity and difference, one in which we can be both true to ourselves and a blessing to others? In the confusing state of postindustrial societies in the post-Cold War situation, can we give those who come after us a coherent ...
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Overview

Faith in the Future addresses some of the major themes of our time: the fragmentation of our common culture, the breakdown of family and community life, the lack of moral direction, and the waning of religious belief. How, Sacks asks, can we construct a humane social order that honors human dignity and difference, one in which we can be both true to ourselves and a blessing to others? In the confusing state of postindustrial societies in the post-Cold War situation, can we give those who come after us a coherent map of hope? In treating such questions, Faith in the Future is structured in four parts. In the first, "The Moral Covenant," Sacks touches on the broadest of issues: morality, the family, and the importance of communities in the life of society. In the second, "Living Together," he asks how we can co-exist while remaining faithful to our distinctive identities and traditions. In the third, "Jewish Ethics and Spirituality," he sketches some of Judaism's leading themes. "There is such a thing," he says, as an ecology of hope, and it lies in restoring to our culture a sense of family, community, and religious faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865545502
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Prologue: Faith in the Future 1
Pt. I The Moral Covenant
1 Introduction: Sharing Duties 11
2 Holes in the Moral Fabric 13
3 Why Morality Matters 16
4 The Future of the Family 22
5 The Moral Context of Crime 31
6 In Defence of Judgement 37
7 Law, Morality and the Common Good 43
8 Faith in the Community 55
9 Putting Duties to Rights 59
10 Renewing the Covenant 62
Pt. II Living Together
11 Introduction: Sharing a World 71
12 The Interfaith Imperative 74
13 Religious Responsibility at a Time of Ethnic Conflict 82
14 Taking Risks for Peace 87
15 After Hebron 99
16 The Vatican and Israel 103
17 Democracy and Religious Values 106
18 Pluralism 117
Pt. III Holy Days
19 Introduction: Sharing Time 127
20 Shabbat/The Sabbath: Day of Delight 132
21 Pesach/Passover: Celebrating Freedom 138
22 Shavuot/Pentecost: Israel's Wedding 145
23 Sukkot/Tabernacles: The Canopy of Faith 150
24 Rosh Hashanah/New Year: The Courtroom of the World 156
25 Yom Kippur/The Day of Atonement: Coming Home 162
Pt. IV Jewish Ethics and Spirituality
26 Introduction: Sharing Fate 171
27 Images of Jewish Spirituality 173
28 Jewish Economics Ethics 195
29 Jewish Environmental Ethics 206
30 The Jewish Attitude to Handicap 214
31 Leadership and Crisis 225
32 Jewishness and Judaism 231
33 On God and Auschwitz 237
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