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Religion and Public Policy
Human Rights, Conflict, and Ethics

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Monica Duffy Toft, Sumner B. Twiss, John Witte, Jr, Gene Outka, Abdulaziz Sachedina, John P. Reeder, Jr, Grace Yia-Hei Kao, Donald K. Swearer, John Kelsay, J. Bryan Hehir, Marian Gh. Simion, Susan Hayward, Rodney L. Petersen, Scott Appleby, Atalia Omer, Scott Hibbard, Natalie Sherman, David Gergen, Christian Rice, David Little
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  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107090361

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  • This book pivots around two principal concerns in the modern world: the nature and practice of human rights in relation to religion, and the role of religion in perennial issues of war and peace. Taken collectively, the chapters articulate a vision for achieving a liberal peace and a just society firmly grounded in respect for human rights, while working in tandem with the constructive roles that religious ideas, leaders, and institutions can play even amid cultural difference. Topics covered include: the status and justification of human rights; the meaning and significance of religious liberty; whether human rights protections ought to be extended to other species; how the comparative study of religious ethics ought to proceed; the nature, limits, and future development of just war thinking; the role of religion and human rights in conflict resolution, diplomacy, and peace-building; and the tensions raised by religious involvement in public policy and state institutional practices. Featuring a group of distinguished contributors, this is a multifaceted and original exploration of the aforementioned themes.

    • A unique exploration of religion and the regulation of force as that subject bears on the theory and practice of human rights, religious ethics, religion and nationalism, peacemaking and the role of religion, just war theory, and the conjunction of religion and public life
    • Chapter authors are extremely well known for their prior scholarship on their respective themes and topics
    • The companion volume to David Little's human rights volume Essays on Religion, Human Rights, and Public Policy: Ground to Stand On
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107090361
    • length: 414 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Monica Duffy Toft
    Introduction Sumner B. Twiss
    Part I. Normative Prospects: Human Rights Ideas and Religious Ethics:
    1. David Little: a modern Calvinist architect of human rights John Witte, Jr
    2. On reformed Christianity and natural human rights Gene Outka
    3. Roger Williams and freedom of conscience and religion as a natural right Sumner B. Twiss
    4. Islam and human rights: the religious and the secular in conversation Abdulaziz Sachedina
    5. On grounding human rights: variations on themes by Little John P. Reeder, Jr
    6. From human rights to animal rights? Grace Yia-Hei Kao
    7. Nibbana, dhamma, and sinhala Buddhism: a David Little retrospective Donald K. Swearer
    8. The present state of the comparative study of religious ethics: an update John Kelsay
    Part II. Functional Prospects: Religion, Public Policy, and Conflict:
    9. Religion, ethics, and war: David Little and ecumenical ethics J. Bryan Hehir
    10. War and the right to life: Orthodox Christian perspectives Marian Gh. Simion
    11. Swords to ploughshares, theory to practice: an evolution of religious peacemaking at USIP Susan Hayward
    12. Religion and multi-track diplomacy Rodney L. Petersen
    13. Developing a human rights lens on religious peacemaking Scott Appleby
    14. Toward a polycentric approach to conflict transformation Atalia Omer
    15. Rethinking Islamic politics: bringing the state back in Scott Hibbard
    16. Religion and politics: seeking a reconciliation Natalie Sherman and David Gergen
    17. The core of public reason: freedom from arbitrary pain and death Christian Rice
    Afterword David Little.

  • Editors

    Sumner B. Twiss, Florida State University
    Sumner B. Twiss is the Distinguished Professor of Human Rights, Ethics, and Religion at Florida State University, where he holds a joint appointment between the Department of Religion and the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. He is also Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Brown University, where he served on the faculty for thirty years and as department chair for twelve years. He is the co-author and co-editor of seven books, and the author of more than seventy published articles in the areas of comparative religious ethics, biomedical ethics, philosophy of religion, global ethics, intercultural human rights, and the comparative study of just war.

    Marian Gh. Simion, Harvard Divinity School, Massachusetts
    Marian Gh. Simion is a political scientist and Orthodox theologian, currently appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow and Field Education Supervisor at Harvard Divinity School, and a past instructor in the areas of religion, government, and diplomacy at Harvard Extension School. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a PhD in Public and International Affairs from Northeastern University, where his academic advisor was Governor Michael S. Dukakis. His general research focuses on international security, comparative politics, political theology, religious phenomenology, Islamic jurisprudence, theory of religion, collective violence, and Orthodox Christianity.

    Rodney L. Petersen, Boston University School of Theology
    Rodney L. Petersen is a social historian and Protestant theologian. Dr Petersen served as executive director of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), from 1990 until 2014, becoming director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries and of the Lord's Day Alliance in the US in 2014. He is a research associate at the Center for Global Christianity and Mission at Boston University School of Theology. Prior to coming to the BTI, he taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Webster University in Geneva, where he also worked with churches in France and Romania.


    Monica Duffy Toft, Sumner B. Twiss, John Witte, Jr, Gene Outka, Abdulaziz Sachedina, John P. Reeder, Jr, Grace Yia-Hei Kao, Donald K. Swearer, John Kelsay, J. Bryan Hehir, Marian Gh. Simion, Susan Hayward, Rodney L. Petersen, Scott Appleby, Atalia Omer, Scott Hibbard, Natalie Sherman, David Gergen, Christian Rice, David Little

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