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Christianity and Human Rights: An Introduction
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Combining Jewish, Greek, and Roman teachings with the radical new teachings of Christ and St. Paul, Christianity helped to cultivate the cardinal ideas of dignity, equality, liberty and democracy that ground the modern human rights paradigm. Christianity also helped shape the law of public, private, penal, and procedural rights that anchor modern legal systems in the West and beyond. This collection of essays explores these Christian contributions to human rights through the perspectives of jurisprudence, theology, philosophy and history, and Christian contributions to the special rights claims of women, children, nature and the environment. The authors also address the church's own problems and failings with maintaining human rights ideals. With contributions from leading scholars, including a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this book provides an authoritative treatment of how Christianity shaped human rights in the past, and how Christianity and human rights continue to challenge each other in modern times.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical control & freedomsHuman rightsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian institutions & organizationsReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian life & practiceReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalReligious issues & debates Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 23/12/2010 ISBN-13: 9780521143745  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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John Witte, Jr is Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. His previous publications include The Sins of the Fathers: The Law and Theology of Illegitimacy Reconsidered (Cambridge, 2009), Christianity and Law: An Introduction (with Frank S. Alexander, Cambridge, 2008) The Reformation of Rights: Law, Religion, and Human Rights in Early Modern Calvinism (Cambridge, 2007) and Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation (Cambridge, 2002). Frank S. Alexander is the Sam Nunn Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. His previous publications include Georgia Real Estate Finance and Foreclosure Law, 5th edition (2009), and with John Witte, The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics and Human Nature, 2 volumes (2006) and The Weightier Matters of the Law: Essays on Law and Religion (1988).

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