Between humility and boldness: Explicating human rights from a Christian perspective

Authors

  • PJ Naude

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/ngtt.2007.v48n1.a13

Keywords:

Human rights, Image of God, Limitations of human rights, Systematic foundations of human rights

Abstract

After a brief explication of the historical links between Christian theology and human rights (a source for humility), some methodological considerations for the grounding (or not) of human rights in the Christian faith are put forward. The primary task of theology is the explication of human rights with a view to their progressive realisation (a source for boldness). Trinitarian theology, especially the notion of imago dei, is a rich source for such a task. The essay concludes by putting forward five reasons for the relativity of human rights.

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Published

2007-06-30

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Articles • Artikels