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Theological Ethics and Global Dynamics : In the Time of Many Worlds - William Schweiker

Theological Ethics and Global Dynamics

In the Time of Many Worlds


Published: 7th June 2004
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The nature and task of ethics has been the subject of much controversy and argument in recent decades. There are those who argue that the resources needed for ethical understanding arise solely within the specific history of their traditions, whether religious or secular. Yet there are also thinkers who argue that ethics needs fundamental re-thinking in face of the challenges raised by the modern, globalized world. Ethical understanding on this account draws on multiple resources in imaginative and comparative ways in order to address shared human problems. William Schweiker has emerged as the leading theological voice from this side of the debate. Theological Ethics And Global Dynamics: In The Time Of Many Worlds is a wide-ranging, comprehensive, and provocative statement of the nature of theological ethics in global times. It argues that we need to reframe the arena in which moral questions are asked and answered. The volume draws on a wealth of materials ranging from biblical texts and classical myths, to literary works, and even contemporary film. More positive in tone than the often skeptical outlook of postmodernity, the book engages a range of positions, exploring issues such as cultural and moral relativism, dimensions of globalization, pressing moral problems like consumption and violence, and religious pluralism. While it speaks to the complexity of life, where ethical decisions are difficult and far from clear-cut, it presents an ethical perspective which is both humane and deep religious. The style of the book is clear and engaging, designed to be used by senior undergraduate and graduate students studying contemporary ethics.

"It is a very good book that will greatly benefit everyone who needs to think deeply about the world in which we live." (Political Theology, June 2009)

"A remarkable book?clearly written, intellectually charged, and experientially true. Schweiker is hard-nosed about the ambiguities and corruptions of globalization. Yet he finds an antidote in religious narratives and metaphors that can bring peoples together rather than divide. This fresh theological synthesis will challenge scholars and inspire students with its hopeful vision of responsibility for 'the integrity of life.'"
?Lisa Cahill, J. Donald Monan, S. J., Professor of Theology at Boston College

"In the tradition of the theology of culture of Paul Tillich and the theological ethics of H Richard Niebuhr, William Schweiker provides the kind of theology of culture and ethics needed for our entirely new situation, which he nicely notes is a "twilight era". Readers will be informed and at times transformed by this analysis."
?David Tracy, Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and Philosophy of Religion in the Divinity School and the Committee on Social Thought, The University of Chicago

"This book, by one of the leading North American ethicists, gives us strong arguments for the orienting power of a theological humanism in a pluralistic world. Schweiker demonstrates how theological ethics can shed light on different realms of life in our complex world in order to rise to the challenge of current global dynamics." 
?Michael Welker, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg

"Attentive to the multicultural dialogue of the present age and the wide divisions opened up by international terrorism, especially the horror of 11 September 2001, this book offers a quite valid reflection on the ethic of responsibility, based on the key issue of the integrity of life."
?Jose-Roman Flecha, Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Ethical Perspectives

?This is a fruitful and productive study ? I strongly commend this study for its originality and for its critical rigor.?
?Thomas W. Ogletree, Yale University Divinity School




Part I: Creation And World-Making.

1. Global Dynamics And The Integrity Of Life.

2. Pluralism In Creation.

3. Reconsidering Greed.

Part II: Time And Responsibility.

4. Timing Moral Cosmologies.

5. Love In The End Times.

6. From Toleration To Political Forgiveness.

Part III: Imagination And Conscience.

7. Sacred Texts And The Social Imaginary.

8. Comparing Religions, Comparing Lives.

9. On Moral Madness.


10. Presenting Theological Humanism.

Selected Bibliography.

Index of Names.

Index of Scripture.

Index of Subjects

ISBN: 9781405113458
ISBN-10: 1405113456
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 7th June 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.31  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1