I believe that there is a dangerous underestimation of the peril posed...by religious radicals and fundamentalists, of all stripes, who believe that they retain the moral authority to selectively edit these evolved concepts of human rights and dignity.
San Francisco, California (PRWEB) March 02, 2012
In the 21st century, as international business continues to expand and the Internet and other means of global communications, as well as immigration, continue to bring people from different cultures and groups into contact, individuals need to be prepared to live side-by-side with others who have very different belief systems as well as be self-aware of the sources and principles of their own beliefs. "Six Ethics: A Rights-Based Approach to Establishing an Objective Common Morality" is the result of author Christian Volz’s quest to understand the nature of belief and the relationship of beliefs and ethics in the face of 21st century issues.
Volz explains that the late nineteenth century intellectual revolution known as modernism is characterized by the maturing of the concepts of human rights, civil liberties, personal freedoms and, most especially, the constituents of essential human dignity. This new, modern approach has defined these concepts based on science and the cumulative history of human ethics guided by reason and compassion, and has largely enshrined them in the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“I believe,” Volz says, “that there is a dangerous underestimation of the peril posed to the world’s democratic societies and institutions by religious radicals and fundamentalists, of all stripes, who believe that they retain the moral authority to selectively edit these evolved concepts of human rights and dignity. Many conservative people of faith continue to reject science and reason as the basis whereby we measure, evaluate, and make decisions about the material world and the temporal relations among human beings, with potentially disastrous consequences for the future of our planet. If we are to effectively counter these religious, authoritarian-conservative movements, it is helpful to understand how we got to where we are.”
Citing numerous contemporary and historical sources—from Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins to John Locke and Alexis de Tocqueville, "Six Ethics" addresses a broad range of topics, interrelated by their essential relationship to human dignity and rights. These include: the origins and development of ethical, religious and scientific thought; how otherwise rational people can be so easily seduced to embrace irrational beliefs and the societal consequences when they do so; and why anyone believes anything. In doing so, he touches on many fields of study, including a consideration of genetic, psychological, sociological and political influences upon how people think within the context of a group.
"Six Ethics" proposes a framework for society to provide genuine equality and true freedom of conscience for a diverse population, with the potential of creating a more equitable world.
About Christian Volz
With B.A. degrees in sociology and political science, and a background in psychology, Volz has pursued interests in human behavior and their organizations his entire life. Affected by his experiences with the assassinations of President Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, and his service in the Vietnam War, he has sought to discover his own thoughts about beliefs and human rights. This book is the result of his curiosity, research, and thinking.
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