By Professor Newlands George
Human rights is among the most crucial geopolitical matters within the smooth international. Jesus Christ is the centre of Christianity. but there exists virtually no research of the importance of Christology for human rights. This booklet makes a speciality of the connections. exam of rights unearths tensions, ambiguities and conflicts. This e-book constructs a Christology which centres on a Christ of the weak and the margins. It explores the interface among faith, legislation, politics and violence, East and West, North and South. The historical past of using sacred texts as 'texts of terror' is tested, and theological hyperlinks to criminal and political dimensions explored. standards are built for motion to make a good distinction to human rights enforcement and determination among cultures and religions on rights.
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Extra resources for Christ And Human Rights: The Transformative Engagement (Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series) (Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series)
Augustine famously used, against the Donatists, the fateful interpretation of Luke 14:23 – cogite intrare. Persecution of error now had his prestigious support . A form of dualism of church and state came to be justiﬁed in what we term the Middle Ages, thus limiting Christian theological criticism of state practice in matters of justice. Authoritative and comprehensive surveys of the role of concepts of humanity and humanitas, of cognate ideas such as aequitas, misericordia, philanthropia, eleemosune, and xenodocheiea indicate that the ancient world developed in a manner not too dissimilar to our own times.
Wolterstorff, 1983, 84) An impressive account of church groups acting against torture is given in William T. Cavanaugh’s Torture and Eucharist (1998). Cavanaugh, writing from a radical orthodox position, stresses the importance of the rights of Christian groups against a pure individualism. He emphasizes that torture works by isolating individuals. In his Catholic hesitation about the individualist roots of Protestant human rights thinking he follows a long tradition, reﬂected, for example, in Jacques Maritain’s 1943 work, The Rights of Man and Natural Law.
Wolterstorff is a good example of a conservative theologian who is committed to social issues and whose proposals could hardly be regarded as oppressive to nonChristians. Theology will bring to the table the admission that it, too, has had, and still has, oppressive structures. The issue of a strategy to combat structures of oppression from within is tackled effectively in Mark Taylor (1990, esp. 111f, 157f). Taylor writes powerfully of the Christ of emancipatory reconciliation and of ‘reﬁguring Christ for today’s Christopraxis’.
Christ And Human Rights: The Transformative Engagement (Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series) (Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series) by Professor Newlands George