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By Keith Soko

ISBN-10: 0874627435

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Do religions only upload to international tensions this day? should still religions be excluded from the human rights debate? Politically, a mounting stress among jap and western cultures as regards to human rights turns out to proceed. even if, in reading divergent non secular worldviews on that subject, Buddhism and Christianity, Soko reveals contract, complementarity, and advocacy. moreover, either traditions tension tasks towards the surroundings as an important part within the human rights dialogue. hence, Soko emphasizes the significance of the function of faith within the carrying on with improvement of an international ethic and the concern of the concept that of human rights in operating towards worldwide social justice. He concludes that religions advocacy for human rights bargains a shining substitute to the darkish failure of the fundamentalist worldview . . . and likewise stands not like a mundane, relativist tradition which denies our universal humanity and our tasks towards the earth.

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362). Some objections to the concept of human rights come from philosophy and other disciplines, contributing to the overall critique of universal principles. Max Stackhouse and Stephen Healey reflect that, today, “the Enlightenment thinkers would surely have found it odd that some of the most serious arguments against human rights come not from religion or theology but from philosophy” (Stackhouse and Healey 1996, 503). Stewart Sutherland argues that because the intent is different in different moral/religious systems, there is no common moral ground between these traditions” (Donovan 1986, 368-69).

An example of this is seen in the fact that “Scripture asserts the responsibility of the prophets to deliver their message-their right to utter unpopular ideas” (ibid. 48). Earlier in this chapter I dealt with some of the historical roots of the concept of human rights in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and will not need to re-examine those again here. But the point worth reiterating is that this concept of human rights from Judaism does flow through Christianity as well, and Christians today do generally accept the concept.

Religions emphasize the value and dignity of the individual person, although the nature of that person may be perceived differently from one tradition to the next. Religions emphasize the connection between the individual and the community, yet stress that one need not be restricted only to the concerns of the community or society. Thus, they push the individual to transcend themselves, and their community, to achieve a more universal perception 1 • The Concept of Human Rights & Its Importance 51 of reality.

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