The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks presents a proposal for reframing the terms of this important debate. The first major statement by a Jewish leader on the ethics of globalization, it introduces a new paradigm into the search for co-existence. Sacks argues that we must do more than search for common human values. We must also learn to make space for difference, even and especially at the heart of the monotheistic imagination. The global future will call for something stronger than earlier doctrines of toleration or pluralism. It needs a new understanding that the unity of the Creator is expressed in the diversity of creation.;Sacks argues that this new thinking also sheds fresh light on the global challenges of an age of unprecedented change: economic inequality, environmental destruction, the connection between information technology and human dignity, and the structures of civil society.
Aims to define nothing less than a basis for religiously sensitive civilization.
Jonathan Sacks is the author of a number of books including The Politics of Hope and Radical Then, Radical Now.
Introduction; Prologue; Globalisation and its Discontents; The Dignity of Difference: Exorcising Plato's Ghost; Control: the Imperative of Responsibility; Conscience: the Moral Dimension of Economic Systems; Compassion: the Idea of Tzedakah; Creativity: the Imperative of Education; Co-operation: the Institutions of Civil Society; Conservation: a Sense of Limits; Conciliation: the Power of a Word to Change the World; A Covenant of Hope.