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Do religions only upload to international tensions this present day? may still religions be excluded from the human rights debate? Politically, a mounting rigidity among japanese and western cultures as regards to human rights turns out to proceed. notwithstanding, in analyzing divergent non secular worldviews on that subject, Buddhism and Christianity, Soko reveals contract, complementarity, and advocacy. furthermore, either traditions pressure tasks towards the surroundings as an important part within the human rights dialogue. hence, Soko emphasizes the significance of the function of faith within the carrying on with improvement of a world ethic and the concern of the concept that of human rights in operating towards international social justice. He concludes that religions advocacy for human rights bargains a shining replacement to the darkish failure of the fundamentalist worldview . . . and in addition stands not like a mundane, relativist tradition which denies our universal humanity and our obligations towards the earth.

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Wilfred Cantwell Smith suggests that “no one has any reasonable grounds … to talk about human rights who rejects metaphysics” (Cited in Traer 1991, 86). And Robert Bellah writes that “religion is the deepest apperception of truth that human beings are capable of, for it is an apperception of truth that transcends human beings” (Bellah 1978, 149). Religion takes human rights theory beyond the physical realm, to the transcendent. In addition, this transcendence is objective and is the source of morality.

Earlier in this chapter I dealt with some of the historical roots of the concept of human rights in the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and will not need to re-examine those again here. But the point worth reiterating is that this concept of human rights from Judaism does flow through Christianity as well, and Christians today do generally accept the concept. In regard to Christianity today, Traer observes that “liberal Protestants fundamentally agree with Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants about human rights, despite quite different theological approaches” (Traer 1991, 10).

They note that excluding the term “God” from the Declaration Toward a Global Ethic of the Parliament of the World’s Religions was not only an accommodation to Buddhist objections, but that it affirmed this “profounder truth about human nature” and morality (Cox and Sharma 1994, 76 [see also Küng, A Global Ethic]). g. versions of 1 • The Concept of Human Rights & Its Importance 47 the Golden Rule) amongst different religions seems to offer prima facie evidence, at least, for moral common ground as a reality” (Donovan 1986, 368).

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