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Religion and Public Policy: Human Rights, Conflict, and Ethics

Edited by: Sumner B. Twiss, Marian Gh. Simion, Rodney L. Petersen

ISBN13: 9781107090361
Published: February 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.00



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This book pivots around two principal concerns in the modern world: the nature and practice of human rights in relation to religion, and the role of religion in perennial issues of war and peace.

It articulates a vision for achieving a liberal peace and a just society firmly grounded in respect for human rights, while working in tandem with the constructive roles that religion can play even amid cultural difference. It explores topics including the status and justification of human rights; the meaning and significance of religious liberty; whether human rights protections ought to be extended to other species; how the comparative study of religious ethics ought to proceed; and the nature, limits, and future development of just war thinking.

Featuring a group of distinguished contributors, this is a distinctive contribution that shows a multifaceted and original exploration of cutting edge issues with regards to the aforementioned themes.

Contents:
Foreword Monica Duffy Toft
Introduction Sumner B. Twiss

Part I. Normative Prospects: Human Rights Ideas and Religious Ethics:
1. David Little: a modern Calvinist architect of human rights John Witte, Jr
2. On reformed Christianity and natural human rights Gene Outka
3. Roger Williams and freedom of conscience and religion as a natural right Sumner B. Twiss
4. Islam and human rights: the religious and the secular in conversation Abdulaziz Sachedina
5. On grounding human rights: variations on themes by Little John P. Reeder, Jr
6. From human rights to animal rights? Grace Yia-Hei Kao
7. Nibbana, dhamma, and sinhala Buddhism: a David Little retrospective Donald K. Swearer
8. The present state of the comparative study of religious ethics: an update John Kelsay

Part II. Functional Prospects: Religion, Public Policy, and Conflict:
9. Religion, ethics, and war: David Little and ecumenical ethics J. Bryan Hehir
10. War and the right to life: Orthodox Christian perspectives Marian Gh. Simion
11. Swords to ploughshares, theory to practice: an evolution of religious peacemaking at USIP Susan Hayward
12. Religion and multi-track diplomacy Rodney L. Petersen
13. Developing a human rights lens on religious peacemaking Scott Appleby
14. Toward a polycentric approach to conflict transformation Atalia Omer
15. Rethinking Islamic politics: bringing the state back in Scott Hibbard
16. Religion and politics: seeking a reconciliation