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This set is an unprecedented examination of religion's influence on modern life, an honest assessment of how religion can either destroy us or preserve us, and a thorough exploration of what steps might be necessary for all religions to join together as a force for good.

Convening on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the global congress The World's Religions after September 11 explored the negative and positive possibilities of the religious dimensions of life. The presentations from the congress have been pulled together in this set, which addresses religion's intersection with human rights, spirituality, science, healing, the media, international diplomacy, globalization, war and peace, and more. This comprehensive set includes contributions from such well-known scholars of religion as Arvind Sharma and a host of others from all the world's religious traditions. This set is an unprecedented examination of religion's influence on modern life, an honest assessment of how religion can either destroy us or preserve us, and a thorough exploration of what steps might be necessary for all religions to join together as a force for good.

Because of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the very concept of religion underwent a paradigm shift. Instead of standing for virtue and piety, peace and harmony, the word religion also came to be inextricably associated with evil, aggression, and terror. People around the world began to question whether the religious and secular dimensions of modern life can be reconciled, whether the different religions of the world can ever coexist in harmony. Indeed, the very future of religion itself has sometimes seemed to be uncertain, or at least suspect.

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"A requirement for all libraries and for anyone interested in and examining the multiple relationships between religions and the political."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275996215
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2008
  • Pages: 996
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 3.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ARVIND SHARMA has been a member of the faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University since 1987. He has held fellowships at the Center for the Study of World Religions, the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, and the Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University; and at the Brookings Institute. He also received a Maxwell Fellowship and was elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London. He is the author of Are Human Rights Western? (2006) and Religious Studies and Comparative Methodology (2005).

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Table of Contents

Volume 1, Religion, War, and Peace

Introduction by Arvind Sharma

The Violent Bear It Away: Christian Reflections on Just War by William R. ONeill

Turning War Inside Out: New Perspectives for the Nuclear Age by Marcia Sichol

Demonic Religion and Violence by Lloyd Steffen

Bhagavadgt and War: Some Early Anticipations of the Gandhian Interpretation of the Bhagavadgt by Arvind Sharma

Just- War Theory in South Asia: Indic Success, Sri Lankan Failure? by Katherine K. Young

Religion and Terror: A Post-9/11 Analysis by Stephen Healey

The Approach of Muslim Turkish People to Religious Terror by Ramazan Bicer

Is It Relevant to Talk about Democracy in Lebanon in the Aftermath of the Summer 2006 Conflictsmbats? by Pamela Chrabieh

9/11 and Korean-American Youth: A Study on Two Opposing Forces by Heerak Christian Kim

Sacrificing the Paschal Lamb: A Road Toward Peace by Jean Donovan

Seeking the Peace of the Global City of Knowledge of God after 9/11 by Aaron Gaius

The Golden Rule and World Peace by Patricia A. Keefe

World Religions and World Peace: Toward a New Partnership by Brian D. Lepard

Volume 2, Religion and Human Rights

The Current State of the Individual: A Meditation on The Falling Man byMaurice Boutin

Lockes Inheritors: The Dilemma of Religious Toleration by Matt Sheedy

Religion and an Implicit Fundamental Human Right by James Kellenberger

Religion and Human Rights: A Historical and Contemporary Assessment by Krishna Kanth Tigiripalli and Lalitha Kumari Kadarla

Achieving Religious Harmony by Rhoda Asikia Ige

The Grammar of Dissent: Religion, Rights, and Public Reason by William R. ONeill

DivineRights: Toward a New Synthesis of Human Rights and World Religions by Brian D. Lepard

Universality of Moral Norms: A Human Rights Perspective by Kusumita P. Pedersen

Is the Notion of Human Rights a Western Concept? by Raimundo Panikkar

What Gives a Person Worth? A Zoroastrian View by Nikan H. Khatibi

Women and Human Rights by Abha Singh

Catholicism and the AIDS Pandemic by Xavier Gravend-Tirole

Religion, Violence, and Human Rights: A Hindu Perspective by Arvind Sharma

Confucian Contributions to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective by Sumner B. Twiss

Religious Freedom, the Right to Proselytize, and the Right To Be Let Alone by Kusumita P. Pedersen

The Rationale for a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the Worlds Religions: Before and after September 11, 2001 by Arvind Sharma

A Bah Perspective on the Universal Declaration of Human

Rights by the Worlds Religions after September 11, 2001 by Brian D. Lepard

Appendix 1 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Appendix 2 Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the Worlds Religions

Appendix 3 A Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the Hindus

Appendix 4 Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights

Appendix 5 The Dhaka Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

Appendix 6 The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam

Appendix 7 Arab Charter on Human Rights

Appendix 8 Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities

Appendix 9 A Global Ethic: The Universal Declaration of the Parliament of the Worlds Religions

Volume 3, The Interfaith Dimension

Introduction by Arvind Sharma

Master Hsin Taos Vision: The Museum of World Religions by Maria Reis Habito

Movement and Institution: Necessary Elements of

Sustaining the Interfaith Vision by David A. Leslie

Pluralism as a Way of Dealing with Religious Diversity by Caitlin Crowley

Promotion of Inter-religious Dialogue by Mihai Valentin Vladimirescu

Re-defining Humanity and Civilization by Nadine Sultana dOsman Han

Along a Path Less Travelled: A Plurality of Religious Ultimates? by Arvind Sharma

The Great Chain of Pluralism: Religious Diversity

According to John Hick and the Perennial Philosophy by Andrew Noel Blakeslee

Religious Maya by Patricia Reynaud

The Concept of Peace and Security in Islam by Muhammad Hammad Lakhvi

Inter-religious Dialogue Attentive to Western Enlightenment by Gregory Baum

Lessons from Hinduism for the World after 9/11 by Ashok Vohra

Orientalist Feminism and Islamophobia/Iranophobia by Roksana Bahramitash

Women's Interfaith Initiatives in the United States Post-9/11 by Kathryn Lohre

John Paul II and Benedict XVI on the Jewish Tradition by Harold Kasimow

Peace Education: Building on Zarathushtrian Principles by Farishta Murzban Dinshaw

Protestantism and Candombl in Bahia: From Intolerance to Dialogue (and Beyond) by Raimundo C. Barreto Jr. and Devaka Premawardhana

An Analytical Inquiry into Islamic and Western Methodologies of Studying World Religions by Ahmad F. Yousif

Buddhism Meets Hinduism: Interaction and Influence in India by Arvind Sharma

P. C. Chang, Freedom of Conscience and Religion, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Sumner B. Twiss

Oil and Water: Being Muslim and Teaching Theology in a Jesuit University in America Post-9/11 America by Amir Hussain

Religious Diversity Journeys for Seventh Graders by Gail Katz

Interfaith Encounters in the Pews: Bringing Interfaith Dialogue Home by C. Denise Yarbrough

Religious Intolerance in Contemporary China, Including the Curious Case of Falun Gong by Sumner B. Twiss

Volume 4, Spirituality

Introduction by Arvind Sharma

The Future of Mankind: The Bhagavad-gt Doctrine by T. N. Achuta Rao

Dharma, the Cosmic Thread by Laj Utreja

Religion: Nature, Aim, and Function by B. R. Shantha Kumari

Why Is There So Much Suffering in the World? by Marshall Govindan

Yoga as a Social Movement by Marshall Govindan

Yoga as a Spiritual Movement by Subhas R. Tiwari

The Cave: Teaching Religion Students to Rethink Exclusivism and Embrace Tolerance by Rob Sellers

This Magdalene Moment by Joanna Manning

Incarnation as Worldview by Tobie Tondi

Making Known the Reality of the Incarnation in Business Ethics by Helen Costigane

CaoDai: A Way to Harmony by Hum D. Bui

Prophecies and Signs of the World Teacher by Tom Pickens

Religion and Spirituality: Our Common Mission by Odette Blanger (alias Vedhyas Divya)

For an Education to Nonviolence: Religions Necessary Contribution by Vedhyas Mandaja

The Glory of the Divine Feminine by Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi

Coalition of Religious Women at the United Nations by Jean M. OMeara

How and Why Science and Religion Share a Nexus and Are Both Indispensable for the Attainment of Ultimate Reality by Emmanuel J. Karavousanos

Taking Back Our Bodies: A Response to the Post-Human Ideal by Laura Gallo

Humane Physics by Ravi Gangadhar

Cultural Astronomy and Interfaith Dialogue: Finding Common Ground in the Skies by Andrea D. Lobel

Vedic Science and Quantum Physics by Shantilal G. Goradia

Incarnation and the Environment by Mary Ann Buckley

Religion, Fundamental Questions, and Human Society by Vinesh Saxena

Religions as the Gateway to Peace by Jagessar Das

Religious Tolerance and Peace Building in a World of Diversity by Issa Kirarira

Toward a Culture of Peace by Fabrice Ble

The Call to Unite by Debra Behrle

Beyond Religion: A Holistic Spirituality (Alternatives to Realizing Oneself Through Loving-Kindness) by Mabel Aranha

Healing Consciousness by Laj Utreja

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