- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Continuum; 2 edition (March 24, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0826468500
- ISBN-13: 978-0826468505
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations Paperback – March 24, 2003
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“The Dignity of Difference is a profound book that forces believers to think.”
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“Aims to define nothing less than a basis for religiously sensitive civilisation.”
—Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, The Jewish Chronicle
"Americans will be taken with his incisive and clear writing style...he provides some much-needed spiritual uplift in this post-9/11 world, and his work is accessible to informed lay readers." —Library Journal
"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.
'The Dignity of Difference has a central and compelling vision: the magnificence and inspiring human diversity of our world … The Chief Rabbi has made a convincing case for respecting people of different faiths and creeds.' —Jewish Chronicle
'The book "has a bold and important thesis" said Lord Habgood, especially in how it addresses relations between different faiths' —Church Times
"It is odd that a leading orthodox Rabbi should be at the forefront of a campaign to use religious difference as the catalyst for world peace ... in a brave polemic which is bolstered by feverish intelligence." -The Herald (Glasgow) (The Herald (Glasgow))
"Once in a rare while a book comes along that is so powerful and so earth-shattering that we want to get atop the highest mountain and shout out its praises...WE MUST ALL READ THIS BOOK....the most profound and deeply moving argument in favor of religious humanism I can think of."—David Shasha, Center for Sephardic Heritage
"Sacks does not offer much help in determining how religious people are to grapple with such theological questions. His brilliant service is in showing us that we must."—Paul F. Knitter, International Bulletin of Missionary Research, July 2003
"It is a profoud meditation on human diversity and religious differences....It is a timely book for both believers and non-believers alike that has a profound sense of history running through it."—Limited Edition, April 2003
About the Author
Sir Jonathan Sacks is Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Britain and the Commonwealth. He is the author of numerous books, including Celebrating Life, From Optimism to Hope, The Persistence of Faith and The Dignity of Difference, for which he won a Grawemeyer Award in Religion.
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The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations by Jonathan Sacks helped me to see differences as less important than I had previously; there are things to look for in people from different backgrounds that are more important than those differences. This was an assigned (suggested) reading for a course I’m taking; and even so I did want to read it, but didn't actually have to. My only complaint with the book is that the text is small for me, which is not really something bad it’s just that larger text would have been nice.
I didn't give it five stars because it seemed a little slanted; but that wasn’t really much of a problem. Maybe this is a topic that needs a little slant; we have great problems to contend with.
It is worth the time to read.
Read it, no matter what your faith or if you have no faith...you will emerge at the end of the book a wiser soul.