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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Dignity of Difference" - must read, 1 Oct 2002
This review is from: The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations (Hardcover)
This is a magnificent book.
The Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, has taken on some of the most fundemental questions in Philosophy and Theology in order to try and answer one basic but vital question about the future of our shared World: "Can we all live together peacefully - and if so how?"
Following a wave of anti-globalisation demonstrations, the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York and the subsequent "War on Terrorism" by the United States. Jonathan Sacks is asking the question "Does it have to be like that"?
In something of a "tour de force" (but not unusually for Rabbi Professor Sacks) he draws on modern and ancient writers, on Philosophers, Economists and Futurologists as well as on many traditional Jewish religious sources, commentaries and scholars.
In the course of seeking an approach that will work he introduces and argues for one or two refreshingly radical ideas challenging Platos idea of universal "Truth" as well as those people who claim a monopoly on spiritual truth.
This is an important book, in my opinion, as in it Chief Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks, a Jewish religious leader and modern scholar of some standing, systematically lays out a new religious and philosophical grounding from which interfaith dialogue and co-operation are possible. He calls for "a global conversation".
The book is not too long and is written in a clear and readable style.
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