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Roundtable

Sept. 30, 2019

Reflections on Christianity and Universal Human Rights

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The ideal of universal human rights reflects remarkable consensus among culturally and religiously diverse nations and peoples.

Faith traditions are well suited to probe the deeper reasons why all human beings possess inherent dignity, which entitles them certain fundamental rights and freedoms.

But how can a particular religious tradition speak from its distinctive teachings and beliefs to affirm a notion of rights that, by definition, applies universally and equally to all people, everywhere?

What are the potential benefits of religiously specific understandings of universal human rights, and what are the potential drawbacks?

This live Roundtable conversation took place on August 27, 2019, and included thought leaders who have reflected and written on these important questions with attention to Christian tradition.

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