Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations New Revised Edition (Paperback)
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Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations New Revised Edition (Paperback)

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Published: 20/02/2003
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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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826468505
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 246 g
Dimensions: 195 x 130 mm


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Aims to define nothing less than a basis for religiously sensitive civilisation. - Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, The Jewish Chronicle

Americans will be taken with his incisive and clear writing style...he provides some much-needed spiritual uplift in this post-9/11 world, and his work is accessible to informed lay readers. - Library Journal

This book is far more interesting for its discussion of faith and philosophy than for its determination of concrete politics. Perhaps this is the task of rabbis, to explain and guide rather than to rule and legislate. Jonathan Sacks writes well; every sentence counts, but the space behind the grandiloquence always leaves room for interpretation. It is this ambiguity which wins him as may admirers as detractors. - The Jerusalem Post

The Dignity of Difference has a central and compelling vision: the magnificence and inspiring human diversity of our world ... The Chief Rabbi has made a convincing case for respecting people of different faiths and creeds. - Jewish Chronicle

The book "has a bold and important thesis" said Lord Habgood, especially in how it addresses relations between different faiths. - Church Times

Unlike most other religious leaders, Mr Sacks has a wonderfully unbigoted attitude; he thinks and writes with great eloquence supported by an amazingly broad range of sources and reading. - Journey

It is odd that a leading orthodox Rabbi should be at the forefront of a campaign to use religious difference as the catalyst for world peace ... in a brave polemic which is bolstered by feverish intelligence. - The Herald (Glasgow)

Once in a rare while a book comes along that is so powerful and so earth-shattering that we want to get atop the highest mountain and shout out its praises...WE MUST ALL READ THIS BOOK....the most profound and deeply moving argument in favor of religious humanism I can think of. - Center for Sephardic Heritage, David Shasha

Sacks does not offer much help in determining how religious people are to grapple with such theological questions. His brilliant service is in showing us that we must. - Paul F. Knitter, International Bulletin of Missionary Research

It is a profound meditation on human diversity and religious differences....It is a timely book for both believers and non-believers alike that has a profound sense of history running through it. - Limited Edition

...wonderful book...bold and controversial. - Commonweal

The Dignity of Difference is an important contribution to our understanding of the impact of globalization on the world in the aftermath of September 11...the book should be required reading for those concerned with the present struggle between Islam and the West and the promises, but also the potential threat, that market globalization represent. - Jewish Book World Quarterly Review

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