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28 March 2014


THE Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way is two separate titles written in the 19th century by an unknown Russian Orthodox Christian, and translated by R. M. French in the 1930s and 1940s, which now appear in one volume in the SPCK Classic series (SPCK, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-0-281-06715-2).

The Dalai Lama argues for a new version of secular ethics which goes Beyond Religion. In looking back, he discerns that human beings spend too much time and attention on the material aspects of life, and not enough on morals and values. He argues that religion is not an adequate base for ethics, because it cannot be meaningful for all people. He sets out his vision for finding a universal ethic, to which all people, of faith or none, can sign up (Rider, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-84604-310-6).

Secularisation, human rights, democracy, conflict and peace, civil society, the media, and US foreign policy are the wide-ranging themes addressed in Rethinking Religion and World Affairs. Edited by Timothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft, this book argues that there has been a neglect of religious thinking in world affairs, and explores the interconnectivity of religion and global politics (OUP, £17.99 (£17.99); 978-0-19-982799-2).

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