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Christian Human Rights In Christian Human Rights, Samuel Moyn Asserts That The Rise Of Human Rights After World War II Was Prefigured And Inspired By A Defense Of The Dignity Of The Human Person That First Arose In Christian Churches And Religious Thought In The Years Just Prior To The Outbreak Of The War The Roman Catholic Church And Transatlantic Protestant Circles Dominated The Public Discussion Of The New Principles In What Became The Last European Golden Age For The Christian Faith At The Same Time, West European Governments After World War II, Particularly In The Ascendant Christian Democratic Parties, Became Tolerant Of Public Expressions Of Religious Piety Human Rights Rose To Public Prominence In The Space Opened Up By These Dual Developments Of The Early Cold War.Moyn Argues That Human Dignity Became Central To Christian Political Discourse As Early As 1937 Pius XII S Wartime Christmas Addresses Announced The Basic Idea Of Universal Human Rights As A Principle Of World, And Not Merely State, Order By Focusing On The 1930s And 1940s, Moyn Demonstrates How The Language Of Human Rights Was Separated From The Secular Heritage Of The French Revolution And Put To Use By Postwar Democracies Governed By Christian Parties, Which Reinvented Them To Impose Moral Constraints On Individuals, Support Conservative Family Structures, And Preserve Existing Social Hierarchies The Book Ends With A Provocative Chapter That Traces Contemporary European Struggles To Assimilate Muslim Immigrants To The Continent S Legacy Of Christian Human Rights.


10 thoughts on “Christian Human Rights

  1. says:

    In this book Samuel Moyn, a professor of law and history at Harvard University, details the conservative Christian origins of the immediate postwar interest in human rights However, in making this argument, Moyn is not suggesting that human rights emerged from a long Judeo Christian tradition, but rather from a fairly recent development within Christianity, particularly within Catholicism the rise of personalism in the early 1900s and its emphasis on human dignity In fact, he argues that for centuries, the notion of individual rights was anathema to the corporatist and hierarchical churches In making this argument, he points to a few leading conservative Protestants and Catholics who played leading roles in the advancement of human rights in the postwar era and in some cases were active in the formation of the UN Declaration of Human Rights He argues that for these Christians, the promotion of human rights in the immediate postwar era had less to do with Nazi crimes against the Jews and to do with their concern about a new enemy communism Thus, the promotion of freedom of religion as a universal human right emerged in a religious framew...


  2. says:

    Anyone interested in human rights needs to read this book More importantly, if you are skeptical or readily dismiss the idea of human rights as a liberal pursuit by naive idealist like many in my evangelical circle , then you ESPECIALLY need to read this book The main argument advanced is that the language of human rights was constitutionalized by right wing Christian fundamenta...


  3. says:

    First a note on style The writing is difficult for me either as it requires one to hold the subject and verb in mind over too many subordinate clauses, or it simply demands too much background familiarity with its subjects On occasion there were metaphors, casual language or euphemisms that would have been easily understood with clearer and direct language Maybe this is an issue of style for the entire field, or maybe it s an issue for Moyn, but it would have otherwise caused me to rate the book lower had the content not been so illuminating.Moyn argues that contemporary readings of the rise, exploration and explication of human rights has long since rejected or forgotten the crucial role that Christianity played in the introduction of human dignity and subsequently human rights as a defining feature of political theorizing First, Christians introduced through constitutions like the Irish in 1937 and other organizational or foundational statements Second, Christians were the first to develop the move to a an individualism that was palatable to non socialists, Personalism a distinction of cultural meaning and not literal , which moved the focus on rights from groups to individuals, but by way conservatisms such as appeals to natural law Christians were concerned to...


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