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God and Global Justice

God and Global Justice
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The God series books were based on a group of meetings that brought together over 100 scholars from around the world to pursue various aspects of a contemporary discussion of God. The participants were drawn from all parts of the our world and from virtually every religious tradition. Here Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Confucianists, members of African religions, and many others meet each other face to face. Moreover, the participants come from a wide range of disciplines and from cultures East and West, North and South.

Easy generalizations about people in other traditions–or in other strands of one’s own tradition–are quickly seen to be inadequate to the living reality. And as a result participants set in motion in their own lives dynamics and processes that will bear fruit in unpredictable ways. The vast majority of participants found this to be an event of great significance for them.

There was no attempt made to impose a certain outcome on these deliberations, nor was it assumed that there was some easy unity that underlied all the multiplicity present to the discussions. Nevertheless, what emerged was a heightened awareness of the beliefs and views of others and one’s own, and a determination to pursue lines of development.

The volumes in the God: The Contemporary Discussion Series are indicative of the continued pursuit and represent “stepping stones” designed to broaden the forum of the discussions. Many of the essays presented also reflect the influence of the encounter on each individual contributor. A unique experience herein awaits the student of religion or philosophy, the seeker of knowledge of the Ultimate, the teacher of spiritual discipline, or anyone interested in the emerging confluence of the religious traditions of the world.

God and Global Justice: Religion and Poverty in an Unequal World

The world is divided, and in its division, precarious. Poor nations and rich nations currently co-exist without a developed sense of global community and without the institutions that might promote global cooperation. Can religion be an important resource for bringing about global justice? Religion may help bind us together in links of mutual concern and responsibility that could lead us back from the brink of callous injustice.

This volume offers a fresh vision of how the religions of the world approach one of our most troublesome issues: global inequality. What insights do the various world religions offer about how to cope with or change this reality? The authors, representing various religions and drawing from both rich and poor nations, wrestle with the possibilities of attaining global justice through religion. There is disagreement among them as well as a fundamental consensus that the spiritual heritage of humanity (varied as it is) is a significant resource for the deep changes in consciousness that will be requisite for a more humane future.

This book is a public resource as well as a private comfort. And as such, it is too important to be read by theologians alone, but must be shared with a wider audience.

FREDERICK FERRÉ is Head of the Department of Philosophy and Chair of the Faculty of Environmental Ethics at the University of Georgia, Athens. He received his education at Boston University, Vanderbilt University, and St. Andrews University in Scotland, and has taught at Mount Holyoke College, Dickinson College, Purdue University, and Vanderbilt University. Professor Ferré has published various books and articles, including Language, Logic and God (1961), Basic Modem Philosophy of Religion (1967), and Shaping the Future (1976).

RITA H. MATARAGNON is Chairperson and Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology at Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of the Philippines in Quezon City. Presently on sabbatical leave, she is serving as a post-doctoral fellow for the Carolina Population Control Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has published numerous articles on the application of social
psychology to the areas of religion, housing, and population.

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