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The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2008
Editor: Wes Williams

This book addresses the relationship between human rights and religion. The original blurb for the Oxford Amnesty Lectures of 2008 invited speakers and audiences to ponder arguments for the God-given source of human rights. The book explains how biblical inspiration (both Old and New Testament) fuelled the anti-slavery protests and later the civil rights movement in the United States. It develops the particular relevance, for arguments over human rights within Islam, of the writings of the medieval philosopher Muhammad al-Ghazali who justified an openness towards constructive engagement with other traditions. The book shows where the philosophical worldviews that inform the religion of Islam and the rights discourse may be distant from each other. It illustrates the challenge of taking the real world of human practice seriously while avoiding simplistic arguments for pluralism or relativism. The book focuses on Simon Schama's evocation of the religious fervour which helped feed the long struggles for liberation among American slave communities. It discusses the understanding of human rights in the Roman Catholic tradition. The book also shows that the Christian experience of Pentecost and what it means to learn to speak as well as understand another's language, is a continuing resource God has given the church to sustain the ability to suffer as well as respond to those who suffer for the long haul. The book argues that moral progress consists in the universalisation of Western liberal democracy with its specific understanding of human rights.

Matthew Spooner

clear, nowhere is the importance and ambiguity of Christian experience in America more evident than in the relationship between race and salvation that Professor Schama has outlined. The promise of salvation – the hope of personal redemption and deliverance as a people – has indeed been at the core of the long struggle for black liberation that began in slavery and, as Schama reminds us, continued in the candidacy and now the Presidency of Barack Obama. Yet even as Christianity helped to bridge racial divisions and to create the religious tradition that Professor

in Religion and rights
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Simon Ditchfield and Helen Smith

rather than full names, and the kinds of feminised, Christian experience created through repeated references to gendered histories and devotional acts. In exploring how the printed book creates a distinctive voice and gendered identity to be replicated across the gathered churches, Shinn’s chapter poses provocative questions about the ways in which both gender and religious identity are (re)produced in

in Conversions
Locating the monsters in the machine: an investigation of faith
Roda Madziva and Vivien Lowndes

language to describe Christian experiences, and even undermined or manipulated accounts in a discriminatory fashion. The need for religious diversity, especially in relation to Home Office interlocutors, was succinctly articulated by the Pakistani pastor we cited earlier, as follows: In the same way the Home Office is using Muslim Urdu speakers, they should also consider using Urdu speakers who are Christians … or they should at least invite a Christian country expert such as a Pakistani pastor to come and sit there … because the Christian language is not familiar to

in Science and the politics of openness
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Learning the languages of peace
Stanley Hauerwas

there more victims at our door than our front steps can hold, but the attempt to sympathise with those who suffer occurs at the same time when ‘people in ever greater numbers discard the notion that suffering is an inevitable part of human experience’.22 As a result those who refuse to be liberated from the particularity of their religious convictions, who suffer from traditions in which suffering is not assumed to be antithetical to being human, or who refuse to cease suffering, can only be ignored or eliminated.23 I hope to show that the Christian experience of

in Religion and rights
Gender and generation in Robert Southwell’s Epistle to his father
Hannah Crawforth

than age, in a manifestation of the greater paradoxes underpinning Christian experience itself – can be further understood by exploring connections between the Epistle and another subcategory of the conduct book, the mother’s legacy. Authors of these extremely popular texts included Elizabeth Grymeston ( Miscellanea, meditations, memoratives , [1604?]), Dorothy Leigh ( The

in Conversions
Religion, misogyny, myth and the cult
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

cyclical rather than linear time; the centaurs’ liturgical calendar is a ‘timeless medium’ (214) or eternal present that would have been familiar to the medieval mind. Similarly, committed Christians experience the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ as transhistorical and contemporaneous, so that ‘the time of the theophany becomes actual’ (Eliade, 1996: 393). This is explained in a section on ‘Sacred Time and the Myth of Eternal Renewal’ in Patterns in Comparative Religion ([1958] 1996) 154 The arts of Angela Carter by Mircea Eliade, a book which Carter refers

in The arts of Angela Carter
Genre and temporality in Fox’s Journal
Hilary Hinds

published edition ‘The History of G. F.’s Journall and Progress in ye Lord’s Work’.2 It finally appeared in 1694, transcribed and edited by Thomas Ellwood, as A Journal or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, George Fox. Ever since, the resulting account has been known simply as Fox’s Journal.3 M2500 - HINDS PRINT.indd 82 02/03/2011 13:31 A TECHNOLOGY OF PRESENCE 83 More recently, however, critics have been exercised by

in George Fox and early Quaker culture
Intercontinental mobility and migrant expectations in the nineteenth century
Eric Richards

, More than Half a Century of Colonial Life and Christian Experience (Adelaide: Hussey & Gillingham, 1897), 238, 243. 30 Rodney Cockburn, Pastoral Pioneers of South Australia (2 vols, Adelaide: Published Limited, 1925–27); cf. S.M. Macklin, ‘Pastoral Pioneers of South Australia: A Quantitative Analysis’, BA thesis (Flinders University, 1975). 31 This represents a leakage of capital out of the colonial economy, though some of the returned pastoralists

in Emigrant homecomings
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India in children’s periodicals
Kathryn Castle

mission in life is to kill... a satanic creed that teaches ... murder each month or be doomed to endless perdition himself. 49 Full of inaccuracies and excessive claims, this description is more than a little muddled and misleading. They were hardly a separate race, and the conflation of murder with religious beliefs serves to distance them beyond the pale of Christian

in Britannia’s children