Religious Nationalism, a Global Ethic, and the Culture of Encounter

Author: David Hollenbach

September 9, 2022

Published in Theological Studies, this article by Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., sketches the global ethic proposed by Hans Küng and discusses how Pope Francis’ writings on a culture of encounter help advance it. Religious nationalism impedes the development of a global ethic. Küng’s vision of the global ethic, Hollenbach argues, resists this nationalism and Francis’ approach provides guidance on whether the local or the global should take priority in concrete circumstances. The contributions of Küng and the pope are complementary and together can advance the ethic needed for greater justice and peace in a globalizing world. 

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