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Christianity and Human Rights
An Introduction

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Desmond M. Tutu, John Witte, Jr, David Novak, Charles Donahue, David Aune, R. H. Helmholz, J. Bryan Hehir, Nicholas P. Wolterstorff, John A. McGuckin, T. Jeremy Gunn, Jeremy Waldron, Kent Greenawalt, Silvio Ferrari, Richard W. Garnett, Don Browning, M. Christian Green, Robert A. Seiple, John Copeland Nagle, Robert N. Bellah
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  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521143745

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  • Combining Jewish, Greek, and Roman teachings with the radical new teachings of Christ and St. Paul, Christianity helped to cultivate the cardinal ideas of dignity, equality, liberty and democracy that ground the modern human rights paradigm. Christianity also helped shape the law of public, private, penal, and procedural rights that anchor modern legal systems in the West and beyond. This collection of essays explores these Christian contributions to human rights through the perspectives of jurisprudence, theology, philosophy and history, and Christian contributions to the special rights claims of women, children, nature and the environment. The authors also address the church's own problems and failings with maintaining human rights ideals. With contributions from leading scholars, including a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this book provides an authoritative treatment of how Christianity shaped human rights in the past, and how Christianity and human rights continue to challenge each other in modern times.

    • Includes contributions from twenty of the leading scholars in the area of Christianity and human rights
    • Recommended reading sections at the end of each chapter
    • Analyses Judaic, classical, and biblical sources, Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions alike, providing a broad overview of the topic
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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521143745
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of contributors
    The first word: to be human is to be free Desmond M. Tutu
    Introduction John Witte, Jr
    1. The Judaic foundations of rights David Novak
    2. Ius in Roman law Charles Donahue
    3. Human rights and early Christianity David Aune
    4. Human rights in the canon law R. H. Helmholz
    5. The modern Catholic church and human rights: the impact of the second Vatican Council J. Bryan Hehir
    6. Rights and liberties in early modern Protestantism: the example of Calvinism John Witte, Jr
    7. Modern Protestant developments in human rights Nicholas P. Wolterstorff
    8. The issue of human rights in Byzantium and the Orthodox Christian tradition John A. McGuckin
    9. The human rights system T. Jeremy Gunn
    10. The image of God: rights, reason, and order Jeremy Waldron
    11. Religion and equality Kent Greenawalt
    12. Proselytism and human rights Silvio Ferrari
    13. Religious liberty, church autonomy, and the structure of freedom Richard W. Garnett
    14. Christianity and the rights of children: an integrative view Don Browning
    15. Christianity and the rights of women M. Christian Green
    16. Christianity, human rights, and a theology that touches the ground Robert A. Seiple
    17. A right to clean water John Copeland Nagle
    The final word: can Christianity contribute to a global civil religion? Robert N. Bellah.

  • Editors

    John Witte, Jr, Emory University, Atlanta
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    Frank S. Alexander, Emory University, Atlanta
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    Contributors

    Desmond M. Tutu, John Witte, Jr, David Novak, Charles Donahue, David Aune, R. H. Helmholz, J. Bryan Hehir, Nicholas P. Wolterstorff, John A. McGuckin, T. Jeremy Gunn, Jeremy Waldron, Kent Greenawalt, Silvio Ferrari, Richard W. Garnett, Don Browning, M. Christian Green, Robert A. Seiple, John Copeland Nagle, Robert N. Bellah

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