Comparative Religious Ethics
Everyday Decisions for Our Everyday Lives
Publication Year: 2013
The study of comparative religious ethics is at a critical juncture, given the growing awareness of non-Christian ethical beliefs and practices and their bearing on social change. Christine Gudorf is at the forefront of rendering comparative—and competing—religious beliefs meaningful for students, especially in the area of ethics.
Unlike other texts, Gudorf's work focuses on common, everyday issues—including food and diet, work, sex and marriage, proper dress, anger and violence, charity, family, and infirmity and the elderly—while drawing out ethical implications of each and demonstrating how different religious traditions prescribe rules for action. An introductory chapter reviews standard ethical theory and core elements of comparative religious analysis. Each chapter opens with a riveting real-life case and shows how religious ethics can shed light on how to handle the larger issues, without determining for the reader what a proper ethical response might be.
Helpful pedagogy, including summaries, questions, and list of readings, along with special chapter features, charts and photographs and a glossary, combine to make this new text most suitable for the wide array of courses in comparative religious ethics.
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Comparative study of religions, and by extension, comparative religious ethics, ...
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What does it mean when students say, “I’m really not religious, but I am very Fig. 1.1. the Jewish talmud. Following the destruction of the Jewish second temple in 70 ce, rabbinic discussions of the torah and related issues of Jewish life began to be written, and in 200 were restructured thematically to produce the Fig. 1.2. the Muslim Qur’an. some years after the Qur’an was revealed to ...
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Food is, with water, our most basic human need. It is a need all humans share. Food Fig. 2.5. a turkish feast for breaking the Ramadan fast at sunset.“Dinnertime is becoming a battleground,” thought Sally. “We have to resolve this issue.” Sally and Doug had three children, two older sons of eleven and nine, and a younger daughter of two. While mealtime disturbances were usually the province of the older son, ...
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Some things do never change. It has always required human work to feed, clothe, and Fig. 3.2. Christian orthodox monks planting potatoes at Gethsemane hermitage on lake seliger, Russia, 1910.Fig. 3.5. Child labor is relied upon in many parts of the world, as shown here in Morona santiago, Ecuador.Fig. 3.6. Children mining casserite and wolframite with their fathers in an artisan mine in Congo. Fig. 3.7. Mentally handicapped man doing assembly work at a factory workshop ...
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Recently I returned yet again to work and visit friends in Indonesia, and the first Fig. 4.2. Buddhist monks in saffron robes collecting alms, laos.ChaPtER 4—REliGions on BodY CovERinG, aPPEaRanCE, and idEntitY 99Fig. 4.4. a woman wearing a burka enters a merchant’s shop in afghanistan.ChaPtER 4—REliGions on BodY CovERinG, aPPEaRanCE, and idEntitY 101...
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In the West, for perhaps the first time in many centuries, the traditional associa-Fig. 5.1. Gay pride parades now take place around the world, such as this parade Fig. 5.2. a young Jewish couple is about to sign their ketubah, Fig. 5.3. an angel stands over st. teresa in Bernini’s sculpure, The Ecstasy of St. Teresa, in st. Fig. 5.5. statue of Mahavira in a Jain temple in Rajasthan, india....
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In every age and in every culture, there have been a variety of family structures. Fig. 6.1. traditional extended families lived in the same house or in nearby homes, as depicted in this antique stereoptical photograph from the 1900s.Fig. 6.2. highest and lowest fertility rates in the world, 2012.Fig. 6.4. World map showing where polygyny is legal, as indicated by darker shaded areas....
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A generation ago some Americans, if asked what religions had to say about anger Fig. 7.1. Bullying is an increasing problem even among young schoolchildren. Fig. 7.4. this Japanese statue of Buddha demonstrates the serenity that is the “What the is the matter with women?” Harry cursed as he threw his jacket at the coat rack by his parents’ front door. Stomping through the hall, he found his mother in the ...
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Every morning when I drive out of the walled complex around my high-rise Fig. 8.3. holy sadhu men at stairs of varanasi ghats in Benares, india.The TV news in the airport was about a new presidential candidate’s income tax releases, Alexis noted. It seems that the candidate and his wife made about $1.5 million each year for the last five years and yet listed only $4K in charity, most of that to their church. He ...
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Publication Year: 2013