The Renaissance has many parallels to our own time. We too face religious upheaval as is seen recently with the splintering of the worldwide Anglican Communion over the issues of women priests and ordination of non-celibate homosexuals.
We have seen renewed interest in Paganism, especially in the mysterious Druids of Celtic religion.
We live with new diseases such as Ebola and HIV/AIDS, and the resurgence of resistant strains of old diseases such a Tuberculosis and Polio.
In education, parents are seeking alternatives to public schools, such as charter schools, home schooling and classical education schools. As Muslims of the Ottoman Empire sought to expand their territory, Jihadists today seek to establish a world empire under Islamic Law (Sharia).
The discovery of the New World expanded geographical horizons and stimulated European imaginations and economies. Likewise, we look to discover new worlds in our galaxy and beyond, even anticipating luxury space hotels for the very wealthy. Cooperative space exploration may lead to the discovery of earthlike planets in other galaxies.
With so many parallels between the Renaissance (time of rebirth) and our own time, we might expect there to be similar ethical issues.
The Dignity of Man
Responsibility of the Wealthy
Reform of Education and Healthcare
The Power of Rulers
Religious Intolerance and War
Conscience and Individual Interpretation
Would you identify any of these as ethical issues of our time? If so, which would you place in the top 5 ethical concerns of our time in America? Globally? And why?