READING THE PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS’ DECLARATION TOWARD A GLOBAL ETHIC AS A DEVELOPMENT TEXT

Ignatius Swart, Dawid Venter

Abstract


In recent development studies a positive, yet critical reappraisal of the potential
contribution of religion has emerged. Commentators like Galtung, as well as
Edwards and Sen, seem to be moving development discourse beyond its habitual
economic and technological biases. Development theorists have also called upon
religious actors to recast their usual welfare activities. The Declaration Toward a
Global Ethic implicitly commits the world’s religions to a mode of engagement that
complies with expectations in development studies. When read within an explicitly
“development” perspective, the Declaration holds strategic significance for selfcritical
religious actors and for reflexive development theorists.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/88-0-1005

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