William Schweiker, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishng, 2005. Hardcover, xx + 613 pp.
William Schweiker, a professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago and the author, among other publications, of Theological Ethics and Global Dynamics, has assembled in this hefty volume significant essays from the pens of no fewer than 59 leading scholars.
The contributions are divided into three parts. The first part, entitled “Moral Inquiry,” deals with moral theories and concepts like “moral truth” and “ethical excellence.” It also examines the ways in which morality is transmitted by way of texts, practices, and rituals, laws, and the example of saintly folk, as well as addresses issues of norms and values, cosmology, moral pluralism, history of religions, and comparative ethics.
The second part, entitled “Moral Traditions,” focuses from a variety of perspectives on the ethics of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, as well as Chinese and African religious traditions.
The third and final part, called “Moral Issues,” contains essays that examine the way in which religious ethics respond to the contemporary situation in terms of its pertinence to areas like economics, technology, ecology, human rights, health, body culture, religious war, and indigenous peoples.
This broad-based tome, which not only maps out existing teachings, systems, methods, and issues but also points out viable directions for future research on a given subject, is surely the finest anthology on religious ethics available today. Considering that the world is facing an enormous crisis—notably also a crisis of morality—this compilation is also very timely.
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