Christ and Human Rights: The Transformative Engagement

1st Edition

George Newlands

Routledge
Published October 24, 2006
Reference - 228 Pages
ISBN 9780754652106 - CAT# Y235104
Series: Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series

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Summary

Human rights is one of the most important geopolitical issues in the modern world. Jesus Christ is the centre of Christianity. Yet there exists almost no analysis of the significance of Christology for human rights. This book focuses on the connections. Examination of rights reveals tensions, ambiguities and conflicts. This book constructs a Christology which centres on a Christ of the vulnerable and the margins. It explores the interface between religion, law, politics and violence, East and West, North and South. The history of the use of sacred texts as 'texts of terror' is examined, and theological links to legal and political dimensions explored. Criteria are developed for action to make an effective difference to human rights enforcement and resolution between cultures and religions on rights.

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