Hope for a Global Ethic: Shared Principles in Religious Scriptures

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Baha'i Publishing Trust, 2005 - Law - 231 pages
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Terrorism. Wars and conflicts. Genocide. Ethnic cleansing. Torture. Oppression of women. Abuse of children. Debilitating poverty. Against this backdrop of the current world scene, Brian D. Lepard suggests that only a global ethic-a shared set of ethical principles-can meet the urgent needs of our troubled global community. But where is the evidence that such an ethic even exists? And where is it to be found?
 

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Contents

Is There Hope for a Global Ethic?
3
Unity in Diversity
23
The Golden Rule and the Importance of Good Deeds
33
Personal Virtues and Moral Duties
43
The Equal Dignity of All Human Beings
65
Human Rights
73
The Right to Life Physical Security
81
Subsistence
83
A Trust Theory of Government and Limited State
113
Sovereignty
115
OpenMinded Consultation
125
Respect for Governments and Law
135
Peace Justice and Respect for Treaties
143
International Law
145
The Legitimate Use of Force
157
Intervention to Rescue Human Rights Victims
175

The Right to Freedom of Religion
89
and Conscience
91
The Status of Women
103
The Prospects for a Global Ethic
191
Bibliography
223
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