Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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A brave plea for universal values.""David Goldberg, The Guardian ""The Dignity of Difference stands far above the many other books about globalisation, both for what is has to say and for the grace with which it says it. In this most prophetic work, Rabbi Sacks has written a guide for the perplexed of our time."" Daniel Johnson, Daily Telegraph ""The Dignity of Difference is a profound book that forces believers to think."" Ziauddin Sardar, The Independent ""It is a splendid book. In the light of September 11, it is timely, sensible, well-written and thoughtful. --Dan Cohn-Sherbok, The London Times
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'Compelling and hopeful...The really astonishing thing about his achievement is that his application of the Hebrew religious genius to the human condition works whether you believe in God or not... As I devoured this book, and it reads easily, I began to think that what the world really needs is a massive conversion to a secular version of Judaism.' The Guardian
'It is a splendid book. In the light of September 11, it is timely, sensible, well written and thoughtful.' THE TIMES
'There is no doubt that The Dignity of Difference is a profound book that forces believers to think and think again.' THE INDEPENDENT
'The Dignity of Difference stands far above other books about globalization and the so-called clash of civilizations, both for what it has to say and for the grace with which it says it... In this, his most prophetic work, Rabbi Sacks has written a guide for the perplexed.' DAILY TELEGRAPH
'He outlines a set of theses aimed at defining nothing less than a basis for religiously sensitive civilization, doing so with all the clarity his writings invariably show.' Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Jewish Chronicle
'The Dignity of Difference is ostensibly an ethical critique of the politics and economics of globalization, but is shot through with a profound sense of history... A big book for all its 200 pages.' Christmas Books, The Times
'...a profound meditation on human diversity and religious differences.' Books of the Year, Independent
'A courageous and challenging attempt to cajole orthodox Judaism into a dialogue with the real world, where nobody has a monopoly on the truth.' Favourite Reads from 2002 The Guardian
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The terrifying reality of what happens when civilizations clash was made evident in New York on September 11th. Sacks' book portrays a hope....a hope that the future is not inevitably a future of dispair where groups continue to be locked in an ever-increasing circle of conflict and retaliation. He advocates that this cycle can be broken through systematic programmes of control, contribution, compassion, creativity, co-operation, conservation and conciliation. Each of the major monotheisms (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) hold what they believe is the ultimate exclusive "truth", but Sacks pleads for tolerance and understanding that each group has their own truth which is right for them. One thing that every human being shares is that we are all unique and different from every other person, and this difference should be celebrated with dignity and acceptance.
This book explores important issues that are relevent to everyone and anyone who has a stake in the future of the world. It is written by a Rabbi but it is not a book which spouts religious ideology. Instead it discusses the interactions of human beings with each other and with the world, and the ways in which we all need to be proactive if we are to avoid further clashes of civilization.
goes far beyond advocating any specific faith as an answer. Well worth a read - both thought provoking and an interesting read.
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