n International Journal for Religious Freedom - That which is noteworthy and that which is astonishing in The Global Charter of Conscience : in my opinion
|Article Title||That which is noteworthy and that which is astonishing in The Global Charter of Conscience : in my opinion|
|© Publisher:||International Institute for Religious Freedom|
|Journal||International Journal for Religious Freedom|
|Affiliations||1 Olivet University, USA|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||7 - 9|
The manner in which the new Global Charter of Conscience was presented portrayed the power of a renewed paradigm for the ethics of public life. Viewed globally, it was remarkable that representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, and the European Evangelical Alliance not only sat together peacefully at one table, but also spoke with a completely unified voice on matters of religion and conscience (June 21, 2012, at the European Parliament in Brussels). They describe the Charter, with the subtitle "A Global Covenant Concerning Faiths and Freedom of Conscience," as a supplement and support for Article 18 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). The new text is no doubt one of the most profound short explanations of freedom of religion and belief in human history; it also clarifies the way in which freedom of conscience is indivisible from all fundamental human rights. This is truly noteworthy. What is astonishing is that this document was presented by a distinctly Christian organization which is much concerned with missions and church planting, along with representatives of two of the world's most prominent secular organizations, namely the United Nations and the European Union. What is the renewed paradigm behind this event?
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