Faith and Human Rights: Christianity and the Global Struggle for Human Dignity

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Fortress Press - Religion - 146 pages
The UN's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights stands as a highpoint of twentieth-century moral deliberation, yet sixty years later human rights are widely denied, evaded, or ignored around the world. Where are religious persons in this situation? Here a philosopher and a theologian address the issues with authority, clarity, and genuine passion in a way that does not spare religion or even religious people, who have been among the most egregious violators of human rights in the world. Faith and Human Rights argues that the idea of human rights is not exclusively religious, but that its realization in practice requires urgent action on the part of people of all faiths ??? and of no faith. The authors contend that while faith has much of value to contribute here, the world's religions will require vigilant reappraisal if they are to function as genuine partners in the global struggle for human dignity. Acknowledging the ambiguous moral legacy of their own tradition, Christianity, the authors draw on Christological themes to draft blueprints for a culturally sensitive "theology of human rights."
 

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Contents

Human Rights and Christian Witness A Case Study
1
What Are Human Rights?
23
Human Rights and the Problem of Grounding
43
Universal Human Rights and Religious Particularity
59
Christianity and Human Rights A Historical Perspective
87
Toward a Theology of Human Rights
109
An Invitation to the Struggle
125
Notes
129
Index
143
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George M. Newlands is Professor of Divinity and Principal at Trinity College at the University of Glasgow, where he has taught for twenty-five years.

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