A COVENANT MODEL OF GLOBAL ETHICS J. Ronald Engel Abstract There is increasing conviction that to enjoy and promote the mutual ﬂ ourishing of human life in mutual relationship to the ﬂ ourishing of all life on Earth is the ulti- mate meaning of human history. Yet the contemporary human condition is one of profound alienation from that meaning. The metaphor and model of a new global covenant, a new covenant with Earth, provides the most constructive and practi- cal way individuals and communities can respond to this spiritual situation, and inspires e ﬀ orts such as the Earth Charter, and draft International Covenant on Environment and Development, to articulate a new global ethic. The new model of Earth covenant has emerged over a long course of history from interactions between Earth-a ﬃ rming religious sensibilities, evolutionary/ecological understand- ings, and democratic ideals. Although it is still very much in the making, and requires much wider global dialogue, we can extrapolate ten major normative themes central to the new covenantal vision. Keywords : alienation, cosmopolis, covenant, democracy, Earth Charter, global ethics, religion, sustainability The last end for which God has made moral agents must be the last end for
Worldviews – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
Keywords: SUSTAINABILITY; ALIENATION; COVENANT; EARTH CHARTER; DEMOCRACY; RELIGION; GLOBAL ETHICS; COSMOPOLIS
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