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Explore how the principles of a global ethic can be found in Judaism and how they can provide the ethical norms for all religions to work together toward a more peaceful humankind.
In 1993, the Parliament of the World's Religions endorsed the "Declaration toward a Global Ethic" composed by Hans Kung. In it, representatives from all the world's religions agreed on principles for a global ethic and committed themselves to directives of nonviolence, respect for life, solidarity, a just economic order, tolerance, and equal rights and partnership between men and women. But the declaration was just the first step.
In this impressive volume, Hans Kung, probably the most famous living Roman Catholic theologian, and Rabbi Walter Homolka, head of Germany's Abraham Geiger rabbinical seminary and distinguished professor, draw on the Jewish tradition to show the riches that Judaism can offer people of all faiths and nonbelievers in achieving these directives.
Presenting key sacred texts and theological writings, the authors make the case for binding values and basic moral attitudes that can be found in Judaism's universal message of a better world. Exploring Judaism's focus on ethical conduct over declarations of faith, the authors show that making ethical decisions is indispensable in an ever-changing world.
Introduction Walter Homolka 1
Judaism and a Global Ethic Hans Küng 7
Judaism's Universal Gift: An Ethic for Humankind Walter Homolka 19
Core Ethic 1 The value of the human: every human being must be treated humanely.
Sacred Image of Man Abraham J. Heschel 43
Primary Sources 50
Core Ethic 2 The golden rule: do not do to another what you would not want to be done to you.
Love of Neighbor Samson Hochfeld 65
Primary Sources 69
Core Ethic 3 Peace: commitment to a culture of nonviolence and reverence for all life.
The Tent of Peace Hermann Cohen 85
Primary Sources 89
Core Ethic 4 Justice: Commitment to a culture of justice and a just economic order.
Public Prosperity Salomo Samuel 103
Primary Sources 107
Core Ethic 5 Truth and Tolerance: commitment to a culture of tolerance and a life in truthfulness.
Truthfulness Leo Baeck 125
Primary Sources 129
Core Ethic 6 Equal Rights: Commitment to a culture of equal rights and a partnership between men and women.
Standing Again at Sinai Judith Plaskow 143
Primary Sources 147
Afterword: A Vision of Hope
Religious Peace and a Global Ethic Hans Küng 163
Declaration toward a Global Ethic: Council of the Parliament of the World's Religions, Chicago, September 1993 167