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The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4444-5
640 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Written by internationally renowned scholars, this Companion maps the moral teachings of the world's religions, and also charts new directions for work in the field of religious ethics.

* Now available in paperback, this is a rich resource for understanding the moral teachings and practices of the world's religions

* Includes detailed discussions of issues in moral theory

* Offers extensive treatment of the world's major religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese religions and African religions

* Compares the ways in which the religions provide resources for addressing current moral challenges in areas such as ecology, economics, global dynamics, religious war, human rights and other topics.
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Notes on Contributors.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

On Religious Ethics: William Schweiker (University of Chicago).

PART I: MORAL INQUIRY.

1 Reflection.

1. Moral Theories:Robin W. Lovin (Southern Methodist University).

2. Moral Truth: Maria Antonaccio (Bucknell University).

3. Agents and Moral Formation: Thomas W. Ogletree (Yale University).

4. Ideas of Ethical Excellence:Lee Yearley (Stanford University).

5. Practical Reasoning and Moral Casuistry: Albert R. Jonsen (University of.

Washington).

6. Authority and Religious Experience:Darrell J. Fasching (University of South Florida).

2 Transmission.

7. Text and Canon: Michael Fishbane (University of Chicago).

8. Practices:Francis X. Clooney (Boston College).

9. Ritual:Francisca Cho (Georgetown University).

10. Saints and Exemplars:Lamin Sanneh (Yale University).

11. Law and Religion:Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (University of Chicago).

3. Comparison.

12. Norms, Values and Metaphysics:Franklin I. Gamwell (University of Chicago).

13.Cosmology:Frank E. Reynolds and Jonathan Schofer (University of Chicago).

14. Culture and Moral Pluralism:Bruce Grelle (California State University, Chico).

15. History of Religions:Donald K. Swearer (Swarthmore College).

16. Comparison in Religious Ethics:Sumner B. Twiss (Florida State University).

PART II: MORAL TRADITIONS.

1. Jewish Ethics.

17. Jewish Ethics?: Hilary Putnam (Harvard University).

18. Foundations of Jewish Ethics: Ronald Green (Dartmouth College).

19. Ethics Differentiated from the Law: Shaul Magid (Jewish Theological Seminary).

20. From Law to Ethics...and Back: Nancy Levene (Williams College).

2. Christian Ethics.

21. Christian Ethics?: Gene Outka (Yale University).

22. Origins of Christian Ethics: Jozef M. L. Van Gerwen (University of Antwerp).

23. Differentiations in Christian Ethics: Vigen Guroian (Loyola College, Baltimore).

24. Trajectories in Christian Ethics: Jean Porter (University of Notre Dame).

3. Islamic Ethics.

25. Muslim Ethics?: Ebrahim Moosa (Duke University).

26. Origins of Islamic Ethics: Foundations and Constructions: A. Kevin Reinhart (Dartmouth College).

27. Islamic Ethics: Differentiations: Abdulaziz Sachedina (University of Virginia).

28. Muslim Ethical Trajectories in the Contemporary Period: Frederick Mathewson Denny (University of Colorado, Boulder).

4. Buddhist.

29. Buddhist Ethics?: John Ross Carter (Colgate University).

30. Origins of Buddhist Ethics: Damien Keown (Goldsmiths College, The University of London).

31. Cultural Differentiation in Buddhist Ethics: Thomas P. Kasulis (Ohio State University).

32. Buddhist Ethics: Trajectories: Charles Hallisey (University of Wisconsin, Madison).

5. Indian/Hindu Ethics.

33. Hindu Ethics?: Roy W. Perrett (University of Hawaii).

34. Origins of Hindu Ethics: Anne Monius (University of Virginia).

35. Differentiations in Hindu Ethics: Maria Heim (California State University, Long Beach).

36. Trajectory of Hindu Ethics: Joseph Prabhu (California State University, Los Angeles).

6. Chinese Ethics.

37. Chinese Ethics?: Eske Møllgaard (Hofstra University).

38. Origins of Chinese Ethics: Philip J. Ivanhoe (University of Michigan).

39. Differentiations in Chinese Ethics: Mark Csikszentmihalyi (University of Wisconsin, Madison).

40. Trajectories of Chinese Ethics: Mark Berkson (Hamline University).

7. African Ethics.

41. African Ethics?: Barry Hallen (Morehouse College).

42. Origins of African Ethics: Segun Gbadegesin (Howard University).

43. Differentiations in African Ethics: Benezet Bujo (University of Fribourg).

44. Trajectories in African Ethics: Laura Grillo (Pacifica Graduate Institute).

PART III: MORAL ISSUES .

1. Systems.

45. Economics: Max L. Stackhouse (Princeton Theological Seminary).

46. Technology: Gerald McKenny (University of Notre Dame).

47. Ecology: William French (Loyola University, Chicago).

48. Nations: Jean Bethke Elshtain (University of Chicago).

49. Global Dynamics: Sallie B. King (James Madison University).

50. Religious Membership: Robin Gill (University of Kent,.

Canterbury).

2. Persons.

51. Human Rights: Simeon O. Ilesanmi (Wake Forest University).

52. Future Generations: Svend Andersen (University of Aarhus).

53. Health: Katherine K. Young (McGill University).

54. Body Culture: Regina Ammicht-Quinn (Center for Ethics in the Sciences,.

Tübingen).

55. Religion and Religious War: John Kelsay (Florida State University).

56. Moral Development: Don S. Browning (University of Chicago).

57. Indigenous Peoples and Religious Moral Identity: Vine Deloria, Jr. (University.

of Colorado, Boulder).

Glossary of Basic Terms: David Clairmont (University of Chicago).

Index

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William Schwieker is Director of the Martin Marty Center and Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics in the Divinity School, University of Chicago. He is the author of Mimetic Reflections: A Study in Hermeneutics, Theology and Ethics (1990); Responsibility and Christian Ethics (1995); Power, Value and Conviction: Theological Ethics in the Postmodern Age (1998); and Theological Ethics and Global Dynamics: In the Time of Many Worlds (2004). He has published numerous articles and award-winning essays, as well as edited and contributed to five volumes on moral theory and hermeneutics.
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  • Now available in paperback, this is a rich resource for understanding the moral teachings and practices of the world’s religions
  • Includes detailed discussions of issues in moral theory
  • Offers extensive treatment of the world’s major religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese religions and African religions
  • Compares the ways in which these religions provide resources for addressing current moral challenges in areas such as ecology, economics, global dynamics, religious war, human rights and other topics
  • Written by internationally renowned scholars.
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"This volume is an extremely thorough and scholarly resource in religious ethics, containing comprehensive essays by fifty-seven scholars, some of them quite well known." (Religious Studies Review, June 2010)

“Edited by the superbly qualified Schweiker, this book contains 57 short articles by leading scholars of religious ethics … The volume's goal of exhibiting the horizons of contemporary work in religious ethics is well achieved … It serves also as a useful reference on the most studied traditions and on theoretical and practical issues. Highly recommended.” Choice

"One expects The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics to be an inclusive and exhaustive treatment of the subject, but two other characteristics make this a sterling and indispensable work that deserves the widest readership. First, articles by a wide range of outstanding and well-known scholars give the book an impressive depth. Second, William Schweiker, as editor, has provided a unifying focus for studying this vast and complex field." Charles E. Curran, Southern Methodist University

"Starting from its problematic title, this splendid collection of essays by 70 authors ... offers far more than textbooks or encyclopedias. Teachers working at A level and beyond will find here the richest of resources; thoughtful sixth-formers will discover something of the disciplined excitement that can accompany genuine learning in an interdisciplinary and multi-tradition context; those learning and teaching in higher education will value this innovative, orderly, often provocative collection of essays." British Journal of Religious Education

"The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics presents an exciting vision of moral inquiry engaged with the fantastic resources of the world's religions, open to other fields of reflection on the human adventure, and dedicated to understanding and addressing moral challenges and possibilities emergent in our global times." Peter Double, University of Leeds

“This collection is an invaluable source for anyone working in the field of moral theology, including intellectually engaged pastors as well as scholars and students.” Stephen J. Pope, Boston College

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