Human Rights and the World's Major Religions

By William H. Brackney | Go to book overview

Foreword

The global village in which we live is increasingly shattered by violence, terrorism, and disparity in wealth with consequences for access to food, shelter, and medical care.

For people of faith of any tradition who are committed to the sacredness of human life believing, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has said, that there is a moral arc to the universe and who hold forth as an ideal for the global community the promise of the common good, this volume is an important compendium of the faith basis of human rights in five global faith traditions.

Few persons of faith can be unaware that to a large swath of our fellow citizens, faith itself is viewed as the problem, the source of much of the conflict and discrimination in the world. While such criticisms are often shallow, ignoring other social factors at play in situations of conflict and failing to note both the immense impact of faith traditions in the development of the concept of human rights and the countless efforts of people of faith to ameliorate human suffering, to speak to injustice of every kind, and to offer themselves to efforts of peace-making, the criticisms retain currency among those who would argue that a humanistic understanding of human rights suffices.

The five sections offer important resources from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist faith traditions for the lively dialogue on human rights within nation-states and the international community. These

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