Ethical Issues in Six Religious Traditions
This is an introduction to the values and ethical issues of six of the world's most significant religious traditions. It looks in turn at Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, examining each faith's concerns in areas such as authority (what is the role of a leader?), private life (is homosexuality frowned upon?), marriage and the family (what are the attitudes to marital breakdown?), use of time and money, the value of life, equality and difference, national divisions and global issues. Containing addresses and a bibliography for further study, this introduction is intended for those with no previous knowledge who seek both an understanding of the viewpoints of other faiths, and areas of common exchange. It should be useful for: students and teachers of religious studies, ethics, education and politics in schools, colleges and universities; social workers; the police; and the health and caring professions.
- Paperback | 278 pages
- 155.2 x 232.2 x 24.4mm | 453.6g
- 01 Dec 1996
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Religious identity and authority: on being a Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jew, Christian, Muslim; authority; authority figures in the faith; duties of leaders; duties of subjects. Personal and private: personal qualities; friendship; sex before marriage; homosexuality. Marriage and the family: the meaning of marriage; family relationships; marriage breakdown. Influences on and use of time and money: education; work; leisure and its use; wealth; drugs; the media; advertising. The quality and value of life: the elderly; those in need; abortion; euthanasia. Questions of right and wrong: the purpose of law; sin and crime; punishments; the wrongdoer and the wronged. Equality and difference: differences between people; attitudes to other religions; attitudes to other races; women and men; are all people equal?. National divisions, war and peace: why do different nations exist?; conflict between nations. Global issues: responses to world poverty; responses to population control; planet Earth and ecology.