Does Human Rights Need God?
When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted in 1945, French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain observed, "We agree on these rights, providing we are not asked why. With the 'why,' the dispute begins." The world since then has continued to agree to disagree, fearing that an open discussion of the divergent rationales for human rights would undermine the consensus of the Declaration. Is it possible, however, that current failures to protect human rights may stem from this tacit agreement to avoid addressing the underpinnings of human rights?
This consequential volume presents leading scholars, activists, and officials from four continents who dare to discuss the "why" behind human rights. Appraising the current situation from diverse religious perspectives -- Jewish, Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim, Confucian, and secular humanist -- the contributors openly address the question whether God is a necessary part of human rights. Despite their widely varying commitments and approaches, the authors affirm that an investigation into the "why" of human rights need not devolve into irreconcilable conflict.
Contributors: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Elizabeth M. Bucar
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Robert P. George
Courtney W. Howland
Robert A. Seiple
Max L. Stackhouse
Anthony C. Yu
讀者評論 - 撰寫評論
Enduring Change Confucianism and the Prospect of Human Rights
Natural Law and Human Rights A Conversation
Religion Religions and Human Rights
The IsraeliPalestinian Conflict of Rights Is God the Only Problem?
God the Devil and Human Rights A South African Perspective
What Kind of God Does Human Rights Require?
Religious Freedom A Legacy to Reclaim
The Challenge of Religious Fundamentalism to the Liberty and Equality Rights of Women An Analysis under the United Nations Charter
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第 260 頁 - Areopagitica: And though all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play upon the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter? 4
第 176 頁 - solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare of a democratic society?
第 261 頁 - state may stand and best bee maintained . . . with a full libertie in religious concernements; and that true pietye rightly grounded upon gospel principles, will give the best and greatest security to sovereignetye, and will lay in the hearts of men the strongest obligations to true loyalty.
第 260 頁 - a fundamental and undeniable truth That religion or the duty which we owe to our creator and the manner of discharging it can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion, then, of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. 5
第 168 頁 - pledge themselves to take joint and separate action in cooperation with the Organization for the achievement of the purposes set
第 177 頁 - engage in any activity or perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein?