Introduction; Prologue; Globalisation and its Discontents; The Dignity of Difference: Exorcising Plato's Ghost; Control: the Imperative of Responsibility; Conscience: the Moral Dimension of Economic Systems; Compassion: the Idea of Tzedakah; Creativity: the Imperative of Education; Co-operation: the Institutions of Civil Society; Conservation: a Sense of Limits; Conciliation: the Power of a Word to Change the World; A Covenant of Hope.
Jonathan Sacks is the author of a number of books including The Politics of Hope and Radical Then, Radical Now.
The chief rabbi of Britain and the Commonwealth, Sacks is well known through his appearances on British television and through his 12 books (e.g., A Letter in the Scroll). Americans will be taken with his incisive arguments and clear writing style. What he presents here is not a treatise on Jewish faith and customs but a look at the discontents of our world and how religious values can unite rather than divide us. Sacks sees certain values (e.g., education, responsibility, charity) as imperative to any new world order, regardless of one's religious beliefs. Though these values might seem self-evident, he shows how their absence causes much that is wrong. He further exhorts us to explore more covenantal relationships, which he defines as "a bond, not of interest and advantage, but of belonging" and sees as paramount to our survival-more so than commercial relationships, however essential they are to capitalist society. Throughout, Sacks makes reference to demanding philosophical thought, but he provides some much-needed spiritual uplift in this post-9/11 world, and his work is accessible to informed lay readers. Larger libraries should consider.-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
"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, 6/9/02.
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
Aims to define nothing less than a basis for religiously sensitive civilisation.
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, The Jewish Chronicle