• A Dickensian Era of Religious Rights: An Update on Religious Human Rights in Global Perspective

    Author(s):
    John Witte, Jr. (see profile)
    Date:
    2001
    Subject(s):
    Law, Religion, Human rights, Christianity, Catholic Church, Protestantism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Religious Freedom, Religious Conflict, Orthodox Christianity, Catholicism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/y06g-n262
    Abstract:
    This Article was written at a time when international discussions of religion, human rights, and religious freedom were just beginning to blossom. The Article documents the paradox that the modern human rights revolution has catalyzed a new religious awakening around the globe but has also triggered sharp new interreligious conflicts. This has led many to argue that religion should be excluded from the human rights paradigm. This Article argues that religion and human rights need each other. Not only were Christianity and other faith traditions essential historical sources of many modern rights ideas, but all faith traditions today provide essential resources for a human rights culture to flourish. The Article thus calls for a new human rights hermeneutic that respects religious contributions to human rights, that induces religions to confess their rights violations, and that encourages reconciliation between religions that are fighting over issues of proselytism, blasphemy, and more.
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