Christian Human Rights

Christian Human Rights In Christian Human Rights Samuel Moyn asserts that the rise of human rights after World War II was prefigured and inspired by a defense of the dignity of the human person that first arose in Christia

  • Title: Christian Human Rights
  • Author: Samuel Moyn
  • ISBN: 9780812248180
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Christian Human Rights, Samuel Moyn asserts that the rise of human rights after World War II was prefigured and inspired by a defense of the dignity of the human person that first arose in Christian churches and religious thought in the years just prior to the outbreak of the war The Roman Catholic Church and transatlantic Protestant circles dominated the public discusIn Christian Human Rights, Samuel Moyn asserts that the rise of human rights after World War II was prefigured and inspired by a defense of the dignity of the human person that first arose in Christian churches and religious thought in the years just prior to the outbreak of the war The Roman Catholic Church and transatlantic Protestant circles dominated the public discussion of the new principles in what became the last European golden age for the Christian faith At the same time, West European governments after World War II, particularly in the ascendant Christian Democratic parties, became tolerant of public expressions of religious piety Human rights rose to public prominence in the space opened up by these dual developments of the early Cold War Moyn argues that human dignity became central to Christian political discourse as early as 1937 Pius XII s wartime Christmas addresses announced the basic idea of universal human rights as a principle of world, and not merely state, order By focusing on the 1930s and 1940s, Moyn demonstrates how the language of human rights was separated from the secular heritage of the French Revolution and put to use by postwar democracies governed by Christian parties, which reinvented them to impose moral constraints on individuals, support conservative family structures, and preserve existing social hierarchies The book ends with a provocative chapter that traces contemporary European struggles to assimilate Muslim immigrants to the continent s legacy of Christian human rights.

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      Samuel Moyn is Professor of European History at Columbia University.



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    • In this book Samuel Moyn, a professor of law and history at Harvard University, details the conservative Christian origins of the immediate postwar interest in human rights. However, in making this argument, Moyn is not suggesting that human rights emerged from a long Judeo-Christian tradition, but rather from a fairly recent development within Christianity, particularly within Catholicism -- the rise of personalism in the early 1900s and its emphasis on human dignity. In fact, he argues that fo [...]


    • Anyone interested in human rights needs to read this book. More importantly, if you are skeptical or readily dismiss the idea of human rights as a "liberal" pursuit by naive idealist (like many in my evangelical circle), then you ESPECIALLY need to read this book. The main argument advanced is that the language of human rights was constitutionalized by right-wing Christian fundamentalist with ties and hopes for a globalized liberal democracy. I've felt for awhile that we need a new framework for [...]


    • An interesting, provocative, and as always with Moyn, a beautifully written book. The scope of the argument is a lot less than the title might suggest, and its constituent parts could have told a more cohesive story. There was not enough engagement with the variety of literature on this already.


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