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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Essays on Religion and Human Rights: Ground to Stand on

ISBN13: 9781107420977
Published: September 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2015)
Price: £22.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9781107072626

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This collection of essays by David Little addresses human rights in relation to the historical settings in which its language was drafted and adopted.

Featuring five original essays, Little articulates his view that fascist practices before and during World War II vivified the wrongfulness of deliberately inflicting severe pain, injury, and destruction for self-serving purposes and that the human rights corpus, developed in response, was designed to outlaw all practices of arbitrary force. He contends that while there must be an accountable human rights standard, it should guarantee latitude for the expression and practice of beliefs, consistent with outlawing arbitrary force.

Little details the theoretical grounds of the relationship between religion and human rights, and concludes with essays on US policy and the restraint of force in regard to terrorism. With a foreword by John Kelsey, this book is a capstone of the work of this influential writer on religion, philosophy, and law.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Part I. In Defense of Rights:
1. Ground to stand on
2. Critical reflections on The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History by Samuel Moyn

Part II. Religion and Rights:
3. Religion, human rights, and the secular state
4. Religion, human rights, and public reason: protecting the freedom of religion or belief
5. Rethinking tolerance: a human rights approach
6. A bang or a whimper?: Assessing some recent challenges to religious freedom in the United States
7. Religion and human rights: a personal testament

Part III. Religion and the History of Rights:
8. Religion, peace, and the origins of nationalism
9. Roger Williams and the Puritan background of the establishment clause

Part IV. Public Policy and the Restraint of Force:
10. Terrorism, public emergency, and international order
11. The academic in times of war
12. Obama and Niebuhr: religion and American foreign policy

Afterword: ethics, religion, and human consciousness: further reflections on a 'two-tiered' or 'bifocal' approach to justification.