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Cambridge University Press
24 September 2020
Christianity; Human rights; Religious freedom & freedom of worship; Educational: Religious studies: Christianity
This is the first global examination of the historical relationship between Christianity and human rights in the twentieth century. Leading historians, anthropologists, political theorists, legal scholars, and scholars of religion develop fresh approaches to issues such as human dignity, personalism, religious freedom, the role of ecumenical and transatlantic networks, and the relationship between Christian and liberal rights theories. In doing so they move well beyond the temporal and geographical limits of the existing scholarship, exploring the connection between Christianity and human rights, not only in Europe and the United States, but also in Africa, Latin America, and China. They offer alternative chronologies and bring to light overlooked aspects of this history, including the role of race, gender, decolonization, and interreligious dialogue. Above all, these essays foreground the complicated relationship between global rights discourses - whether Christian, liberal, or otherwise - and the local contexts in which they are developed and implemented.
Edited by:   Sarah Shortall (University of Notre Dame Indiana), Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins (Dartmouth College, New Hampshire)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
ISBN:   9781108424707
ISBN 10:   1108424708
Series:   Human Rights in History
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   24 September 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Shortall is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Her work has appeared in Past and Present, Modern Intellectual History, the Journal of the History of Ideas, and Boston Review. She is the author of Soldiers of God in a Secular World: The Politics of Theology in Twentieth-Century Europe (forthcoming). Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at Dartmouth College. He is currently the managing editor of Modern Intellectual History and is the former editor of The Immanent Frame. He is the author of Raymond Aron and Cold War Liberalism (forthcoming) and the co-editor, with Stephen Sawyer, of Foucault, Neoliberalism and Beyond (2019).

Reviews for Christianity and Human Rights Reconsidered

'This wisely edited volume brings together the latest work of a remarkable cohort of young scholars based throughout the globe who are rewriting the histories of both human rights and Christianity in the twentieth century. Catholic and Protestant engagements with human rights are shown to be even more different than widely supposed.' David Hollinger, University of California, Berkeley 'A superb collection that brings new life into perennial questions, such as whether Christianity invented human rights and whether its purposes are best advanced through the language of rights. The volume draws on cutting-edge work by leading scholars in history, law, theology and political theory. A powerful exploration of the political plasticity of Christian rights discourse.' Cecile Laborde, University of Oxford 'A wide-ranging volume with original and insightful contributions. Some of them enter a dialogue with Samuel Moyn's provocative work on human rights; others are free-standing and help us rethink the relationship between politics and Christianity in the twentieth century more broadly.' Jan-Werner Muller, Princeton University

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