Contrasting and Uniting Theology and Human Rights

Journal of Religious Ethics 26 (2):249 - 255 (1998)
Engaging the argument that human rights discourse and activities stand in opposition to (or at least in tension with) the beliefs and activities of religious communities, the author identifies twelve different models of possible relationships between the moral commitments of human rights advocates and the moral and religious commitments of religious (particularly Christian) communities. On the basis of this map of the range of relationships, the author suggests that the two modes of discourse will inevitably be both competitive and cooperative. Holding that both normative universes are necessary, he interprets the dissonance in a mood of modesty and hope, focusing attention on the possibility of complementarity.
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