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Toward a Global Civilization? The Contribution of Religions

The Contribution of Religions

Creating a peaceful and sustainable global future is as much an ethical and spiritual matter as an economic, social, and legal one. To respond to the challenges resulting from today’s global economic and ecological interdependence, twenty-one distinguished scholars from the world’s major religions describe their traditions’ contributions to the development of a shared global ethic respectful of national, cultural, and religious diversity, and its applications in humane and effective global governance structures and systems. They show how each tradition frames comprehensive values for human society, contains seeds of world systems thinking, and approaches multireligious initiatives. These contributors are seekers, doers, and path-pointers on the human journey toward a global civilization, in which people of diverse cultures and belief systems will need to learn to live in true community.
Contents: Patricia M. Mische: Toward a Civilization Worthy of the Human Person – Richard Falk: The Religious Foundations of Humane Global Governance – William Vendley: The Multireligious Engagement of Civil Society: The Need for Bilingualism – Robert Traer: Religion and ... – K. R. Sundararajan: Hinduism and Global Society – M. Aram: Gandhian Values, a Global Ethic, and Global Governance – P. N. (Bawa) Jain: Toward a Culture of Nonviolence: The Jain Way of Life – Sulak Sivaraksa: Religion and World Order from a Buddhist Perspective – Pataraporn Sirikanchana: Buddhism and Global Governance – Julia Ching: Confucianism and a New World Order – Mary Evelyn Tucker: Working Toward a Shared Global Ethic: Confucian Perspectives – Philip J. Bentley: Our Place in Creation: A View from the Jewish Tradition – Bernard M. Zlotowitz: A Jewish Perspective on Global Issues – Eileen W. Lindner: A Christian Perspective on World Order – John B. Cobb, Jr.: Some Protestant Reflections on Religion and World Order – Luis M. Dolan: Development and Spirituality: Personal Reflections of a Catholic – Saleha Mahmood-Abedin: Islam and Global Governance – Abdul Aziz Said and Nathan C. Funk: Islamic Revivalism: A Global Perspective – John Woodall: Humanity’s Coming of Age: The Bahá’í Faith and World Order – John S. Mbiti: African Religion and World Order – Mary J. Mwingira: Toward a Shared Global Ethic: The Contribution of African Culture.