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By Barbra Barnett,Elizabeth M. Bucar

When the common assertion of Human Rights used to be drafted in 1945, French Catholic thinker Jacques Maritain saw, "We agree on those rights, supplying we aren't requested why. With the 'why,' the dispute begins." the realm seeing that then has persevered to comply with disagree, fearing that an open dialogue of the divergent rationales for human rights may undermine the consensus of the assertion. Is it attainable, even though, that present disasters to guard human rights may perhaps stem from this tacit contract to prevent addressing the underpinnings of human rights?

This consequential quantity provides prime students, activists, and officers from 4 continents who dare to debate the "why" in the back of human rights. Appraising the present state of affairs from different non secular views -- Jewish, Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim, Confucian, and secular humanist -- the participants overtly tackle the query no matter if God is an important a part of human rights. regardless of their broadly various commitments and ways, the authors verify that an research into the "why" of human rights don't need to devolve into irreconcilable conflict.

Contributors:"Khaled Abou El Fadl
Barbra Barnett
Elizabeth M. Bucar
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Robert P. George
Vigen Guroian
Louis Henkin
Courtney W. Howland
David Novak
Sari Nusseibeh
Martin Palouš
Robert A. Seiple
Max L. Stackhouse
Charles Villa-Vicencio
Anthony C. Yu"

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