Introduction Rights and religion
Spaces for argument and agreement
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book shows how biblical inspiration (both Old and New Testament) fuelled the anti-slavery protests and later the civil rights movement in the United States. The best guarantee for rights in relation to religion must be effective social spaces opening up, both for theoretical reflections on ideological argument, and for pragmatic actions in creating human agreement. The book sketches the widening horizons of freedom and the promise of redemption fostered in the world of the Spirituals and multiple religious revivals. It suggests that over time, the vision of American democracy has fed into the mainstream, informing the oratory of Barack Obama himself. The book illustrates that many states do associate their core citizenship with one or other 'Religion', and difference can make citizens the target of abuse.

Religion and rights

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2008

Editor: Wes Williams

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