Religious Diversity and Human Rights / Edition 1

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An invaluable resource for readers seeking to understand how traditional religious ideas and values relate to modern ideas of human rights, how Western models of human rights are perceived in non-Western traditions, and what these traditions may have to offer in the realm of human rights. Together, the authors work to reassess both the rich and diverse resources of the major religious traditions and some of the most challenging problems of the contemporary world. The collection's central theme is the way in which the diversity of religious beliefs and practices--from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism--relates and can come in conflict with the moral universalism implied by the concept of human rights.

Columbia University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231104173
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/30/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Individual and the Community in the Normative Traditions of Judaism 15
2 Hindu Perspectives on the Individual and the Collectivity 54
3 Human Rights and Human Responsibilities: Buddhist Views on Individualism and Altruism 87
4 Confucian Perspectives on the Individual and the Collectivity 114
5 The Individual and the Collectivity in Christianity 152
6 The Individual in Islamic Society 175
7 Religion and Lockean Natural Rights 195
8 Christianity, Islam, and Religious Liberty 213
9 Hindu Nationalism and Human Rights 243
10 Catholicism and Human Rights in Latin America 262
11 Russian Orthodoxy and Human Rights 278
12 Muslim Women Between Human Rights and Islamic Norms 313
Contributors 333
Index 339
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    A Valuable Contribution

    Bloom's work is a valuable contribution in a much-needed effort to restore the value of religious pluralism and quell the religious bigotry of the Religious Right. Other authors you should read are Joseph J. Adamson and Rob Boston. They provide ample evidence that Christianity has been virtually hijacked by self-righteous, self-important hypocrites ... the very ones that Jesus warned us about. It is crucial right now that we all learn the truth, so that the proud and militant will be brought low so the humble, faithful and meek can finally inherit the earth. That's what real prophecy is all about.

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