How to Do Good & Avoid Evil: A Global Ethic from the Sources of Judaism / Edition 1

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Overview

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 Küng. 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 Küng, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After years of investigating whether basic ethical principles are shared by all people, Küng, a leading Catholic theologian, brought to the World Parliament of Religions in 1993 the issue of ethical universality. The parliament endorsed a “Declaration Toward a Global Ethic,” which is reprinted at the end of this book. Küng recognized the centrality of ethics in Judaism and worked with Homolka, a Jewish scholar and head of a Jewish seminary in Germany, to demonstrate how Jewish tradition contributes to worldwide values. Six core ethics are identified: the value of the human being; the golden rule; peace; justice; truth and tolerance; equal rights between men and women. For each one, quotations from Jewish sources are presented. The result is a potpourri that shows the authors' diligence in selecting useful references while also demonstrating that stringing together loosely connected citations falls short of creative scholarship. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594732553
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 1,296,232
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rabbi Walter Homolka, PhD, DHL, is rector of the Abraham Geiger College for the training of rabbis, executive director of the Zacharias Frankel College, and a professor of Jewish studies at Universityof Potsdam in Germany. He is author of many books, including The Gate to Perfection: The Idea of Peace in Jewish Thought, coauthor of How to Do Good & Avoid Evil: A Global Ethic from the Sources of Judaism (SkyLight Paths), and a contributor to May God Remember: Memory and Memorializing in Judaism—Yizkor, and We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism—Ashamnu and Al Chet (both Jewish Lights).

Hans Küng, a leading Roman Catholic theologian and priest, is president of the Global Ethic Foundation and emeritus professor of ecumenical theology at Tübingen University in Germany. He is author of many books, including Global Responsibility: In Search of a New World Ethic and Yes to a Global Ethic.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Ultimate Question 11. To Tell the Truth 92. The Immortality of Influence 293. Turn It … and Turn It 434. The Hope of God 575. What Matters Most 776. Living to Do 977. Perfecting You 111Epilogue: The Questions Are the Answers 141Note to Readers 147Suggestions for Further Reading and Sources Cited 149Acknowledgments 151
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