Terror and religion
in Religion and rights
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The right to freedom of choice in religion is indeed, as the basic Western documents claim, a fundamental human right. Though free exercise of religion is a basic human right, religion cannot be the source or ground of human rights. Author's argument places religion in a larger context of value. But it does not denigrate religion, which has been a remarkable force for good as well as bad over human history. Though the bad may be more prominent in our minds right now, fixed by terror, history is too complex to allow that as the final word. The right to decide community could not be made objective because morality divides resources among people. The argument for human rights does not travel through a religious understanding of the universe; on the contrary a religious understanding is defensible, if at all, only through the intellectually prior doctrine of human rights.

Religion and rights

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2008

Editor: Wes Williams


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