The priority of the local and the inevitability of conflict. It’s worth a read, if only for listening to the powerful intellect and theology of Stanely Hauerwas at work.
Many of those concerned about our increasing global interconnectedness think it important that our religious and moral convictions not depend on the particularities of place and/or history. A universal ethic, they say, is required if we are to negotiate a mode of survival for the future. Philosophers are working overtime to develop the conceptual tools necessary to sustain an account of rationality that is free of contingency.