Yes to a Global Ethic: Voices from Religion and Politics

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Global Ethics is a term closely identified with the works of Hans Kung. In Global Responsibility: In Search of a New World Ethic he showed why the world, if it is to survive, needs a consensus concerning basic ethical values among those of all religions and no religion.

In 1993, the Parliament of the World's Religions approved a "Declaration toward a Global Ethic," drafted in large measure by Hans Kung. Now Yes to a Global Ethic offers the witness of leading world figures in the...

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Overview

Global Ethics is a term closely identified with the works of Hans Kung. In Global Responsibility: In Search of a New World Ethic he showed why the world, if it is to survive, needs a consensus concerning basic ethical values among those of all religions and no religion.

In 1993, the Parliament of the World's Religions approved a "Declaration toward a Global Ethic," drafted in large measure by Hans Kung. Now Yes to a Global Ethic offers the witness of leading world figures in the worlds of politics, culture, and religion to a new global awareness and to new ethical consensus.

From the worlds of politics and culture come Ireland's president Mary Robinson, West Germany's former chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Jerusalem's former mayor Teddy Kollek, and Nobel Prize recipients Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchu, and Aung San Suu Kyi.

From the world's religions come representatives from Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, including Elie Wiesel, the chief rabbi of France, Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and Cardinals Franz Konig, Joseph Bernardin, and Pablo Evaristo Arns.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1993, the Parliament of the World's Religions produced a Declaration of a Global Ethic that urged tolerance, global economic and social justice and ecological stability. On the basis of that statement, prolific theologian Kung gathered a variety of voices from the world's religious traditions to reflect on the meaning(s) of "a global ethic." Each writer was invited to contribute an essay, a letter, a creed or a poem as a meditation upon his or her understanding of the Parliament's Declaration. Thus, Patriarch Bartholomew I examines the "reconciliation between the nations and the peace of the world" while Hindu writer Dileep Pagdaonkar works to "redefine tolerance." Missing from this collection, however, are the powerful voices of Paul Knitter and Leonard Swidler, both of whom have been actively involved in articulating tenets of the global ethic. Despite this, Kung's work in drawing together so many disparate thinkers into a single affirmation of unity is indeed deserving of praise. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826409072
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Will a Global Ethic Prevail? 1
The Parliament of the World's Religions: Declaration toward a Global Ethic 7
Introduction 9
The Principles of a Global Ethic 12
Towards a Shared Global Ethic 29
The Destiny of Humankind is at Stake 34
No Human Progress without a Global Ethic 42
Key Principles for a Humane Society 46
Shared International Responsbility 50
Indispensable for Survival 54
An Inspiration for All of Us 57
My Irrevocable Creed 60
The Declaration on a Global Ethic 65
My Prayer 76
An Answer from Jerusalem on the Project of a Global Ethic 81
Judaism and a Global Ethic 89
Foundations for a Global Ethic according to the Bible, the Gospels and the Qur'an 97
The World Seeks Moral and Spiritual Leadership 104
Towards an Ethic which Honours Humankind and the Creator 107
Signs of Hope 109
The Human Race as a Community of Destiny 113
Global Order and Global Ethic 118
Reconciliation between the Nations and the Peace of the World 125
Tolerance and the Integrity of One's Own Faith are not Mutually Exclusive 133
In Agreement with Christianity 140
The Ethic of Peace 155
Religion and Human Rights 164
Towards a New Way of Thinking 177
Striving for a Higher Ethic 181
The Religions Must Work Together 186
On Human Equality and Inequality 191
A Charter of Duties and Tasks for All Human Beings 194
Thoughts on the Parliament of the World's Religions 203
As a Buddhist I Support... 209
The Charter of a Global Order 210
Redefining Tolerance 212
Global Ethic - A Confucian Response 216
Towards a Culture of Peace and Development 222
On the Establishment of a Global Ethic Foundation 237
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