Thinking about human rights

I’m currently reading, and learning much from, Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Justice: Rights and Wrongs (Princeton University Press, 2008).

He argues in favour of human rights being inherent (as opposed to merely conferred), on the basis of the worth of the human being. I’m particularly interested in his discussion of whether a secular grounding of human rights is possible. These issues are relevant to my dissertation, which explores the significance of theological anthropology for ecclesiology (how what it means to be human should impact our understanding of what it means to be the church) and its implications for the church’s relationship to justice.

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