Information and Resources on Ethics of Religion

Ethics of Religion include moral issues that arise out of religious practices, principles, and beliefs. Religion attempts to deal with these issues with revelation, faith, and reason.

Religion, Ethics, and Politics in World Affairs website of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University provides a range of resources including introductory articles, information, and advanced articles on ethics related to religion and is a good starting point for a reader.

Virtual Religion Index  is designed to advance research in matters of religion. The website is designed as a tool for students with little time. It analyzes & highlights important content of religion-related websites to speed research. Hyperlinks are provided not only to homepages but to major directories & documents within. It’s a good resource base to search and explore articles related to Religious Ethics.

Law, Religion and Ethics: A Multi-Faith Dialogue is a blog that discusses  many areas where religious faith and moral values might influence law and lawyers. Authors expect the contents of the blog will generate conversations among those of various religious traditions and that those conversations will yield mutual understanding. The website is a good starting point to gain multiple perspectives of ethics related to religion.

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly is a one-of-a-kind TV show that examines religion’s role and the ethical dimensions behind top news headlines. The TV show is hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy.

Institutes on Ethics of Religion

The Rev. Michael C. McFarland  Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture sponsors and supports programming that explores basic human questions of meaning, morality and mutual obligation. Following the principle that faith and learning are partners in liberal education, the McFarland Center’s programs foster dialogue that respects differences and provide a forum for intellectual exchange that is interreligious as well as interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international in scope.

The Center for Ethics and Religion at the Queens University of Charlotte aims to educate – through dialogue – the Queens community and the broader community on ethics and religion, paying particular attention to the intersection of those two aspects of human lives. The Center seeks to embody the Presbyterian tradition of “Thinking the Faith.” At the same time, the Center is open to the insights and traditions of other faith communities and other visions of the good life. The website provides a range of resources from articles, essays, information and links to ethics resources.

The Global Ethics and Religion Forum (GERF) is an educational, non-profit NGO dedicated to increasing global ethical responsibility. GERF is an international organization based in Southern California. The heart of the organization consists of some 60 distinguished scholars from around the world who provide the ethical and intercultural expertise. The activities of the Forum are made widely available to the public through conferences, books and film.

Center for Ethics, Loyola University Chicago serves to engage in thoughtful multi-disciplinary reflection and application of ethical virtues and principles as well as supporting the Jesuit values of compassion and justice in discussions related to issues of pressing societal concern.

Center For Ethics Education at the Fordham University is dedicated to fostering teaching and scholarship infused with concern for the moral responsibility of persons and the moral integrity of the University’s overlapping communities of inquiry, instruction, and faith.

Centre for Applied Ethics, Hong Kong Baptist University is committed to academic excellence in teaching, research and service, and to the development of whole person in all these endeavors built upon the heritage of Christian higher education.

Journals on Ethics of Religion

Journal of Religious Ethics is committed to publishing the very best scholarship in religious ethics, fostering new work in neglected areas, and to stimulating exchange on significant issues. Emphasizing comparative religious ethics, foundational conceptual and methodological issues in religious ethics, and historical studies of influential figures and texts, each issue contains independent essays, commissioned articles, and a book review essay, as well as a Letters, Notes, and Comments section.

The Journal of Religion and Business Ethics is a peer-reviewed journal that examines the ethical and religious issues that arise in the modern business setting. Topics include corporate governance, accounting practices, employee/employer relationships, the environment, advanced technology, power relationships, the role of government in the economy, as well as insights from all major and marginalized religious traditions.

Australian Religion Studies Review is the leading peer-reviewed journal of the Pacific region dealing with all aspects of the academic study of religion. The journal is committed to presenting cutting edge research from the Pacific region and elsewhere from both established and new scholars. The journal publishes articles,book and film reviews, conference reports, and the annual lecture delivered to members of its partner organisation, the Australian Association for the Study of Religion.

Journal of Lutheran Ethics (JLE) is an online publication dedicated to promoting awareness of, study of, and conversation about Christian ethics in the Lutheran tradition. JLE offers scholarship, resources, and discussion. It publishes original articles, makes important, previously published contributions to Lutheran ethics available electronically, and provides links to relevant material elsewhere on the Web.

The Journal of the American Academy of Religion is generally considered to be one of the top academic journals in the field of religious studies. This international quarterly journal publishes top scholarly articles that cover the full range of world religious traditions together with provocative studies of the methodologies by which these traditions are explored. Each issue also contains a large and valuable book review section.

Books on Ethics of Religion

  • Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World-by H.H. the Dalai Lama (ISBN: 9780547636351)
  • Explorations in Global Ethics: Comparative Religious Ethics and Interreligious Dialogue- by Sumner B. Twiss and  Bruce Grelle (ISBN: 9780813366234)
  • Religion and Moral Reason: A New Method for Comparative Study- by Ronald M. Green (ISBN:9780195043419)
  • The Common Good and Christian Ethics- by David S. J. Hollenbach (ISBN: 9780521894517)
  • Sex and the Church: Gender, Homosexuality, and the Transformation of Christian Ethics- by Kathy Rudy (ISBN: 9780807010341)
  • Comparative Religious Ethics: A Narrative Approach to Global Ethics by Darrel J. Fasching(ISBN:9781444331332)
  • Understanding Religious Ethics-by Charles T. Mathewes (ISBN: 9781405133524)
  • The Blackwell companion to religious ethics-by William Schweiker (ISBN: 9780631216346)
  • Religious ethics and pastoral care-by Don S. Browning (ISBN: 9780800617257)
  • Philosophy of Religion & Religious Ethics: Study-by Robert A. Bowie (ISBN: 9780748780815)
  • Moral Struggle and Religious Ethics: On the Person as Classic in Comparative Theological Contexts- by David A. Clairmont (ISBN: 9781444336825)

Articles on Ethics of Religion

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