By Keith Soko
Do religions in basic terms upload to worldwide tensions at the present time? should still religions be excluded from the human rights debate? Politically, a mounting rigidity among japanese and western cultures almost about human rights turns out to proceed. despite the fact that, in reading divergent non secular worldviews on that subject, Buddhism and Christianity, Soko reveals contract, complementarity, and advocacy. additionally, either traditions pressure tasks towards the surroundings as an important part within the human rights dialogue. therefore, Soko emphasizes the significance of the function of faith within the carrying on with improvement of an international ethic and the concern of the idea that of human rights in operating towards worldwide social justice. He concludes that religions advocacy for human rights bargains a shining substitute to the darkish failure of the fundamentalist worldview . . . and in addition stands unlike a mundane, relativist tradition which denies our universal humanity and our tasks towards the earth.
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23). I will next examine how various world religions interpret the concept of “human rights” in general, within their own traditions, and in response to the Universal Declaration and the emerging vision of a global ethic, exploring the problems and possibilities involved with that concept as it relates to religion. 3 Problems And Possibilities With The Concept Of Human Rights And Religion In General A. Problems With The Concept Of Human Rights And Religion Differences of opinion abound as to whether the concept and language of human rights can be used in relation to religion in general and within specific religious traditions in particular.
This includes resources for human rights within the Western religious traditions, here examining the Judaeo-Christian tradition and also Islam as a continuation of that worldview. I discuss Roman Catholicism briefly in the context of Christianity overall, thus setting the stage for its more thorough examination in Chapter Three and the remainder of the book. I also explore elements for human rights within the Eastern religious tradition of Hinduism. Since Buddhism develops out of this worldview historically, and will be examined in detail in Chapter Two and throughout the remainder of this book as well, this general outlook will pave the way to situate Buddhism within the context of the Eastern worldview and to contrast that worldview with the Western traditions.
It is within this framework, then, which this study will proceed. “Human rights” language can operate as a framework for common concerns and political alliances. ” In addition, they note that these same traditions “emphasize the unique value of each 50 A Mounting East–West Tension person,” and observe that “the fact that human life is seen within the larger context of a divine or cosmic order is a reminder of this conviction” (Cox and Sharma 1994, 71). ” (Maguire 1993, 227) remains metaphysically different in each of the world’s religions, the answer is still an affirmative “yes” to the value of each human being.
A Mounting East-West Tension. Buddhist-Christian Dialogue on Human Rights, Social Justice & a Global Ethic (Marquette Studies in Theology) by Keith Soko