oa Scriptura : Journal for Contextual Hermeneutics in Southern Africa - Human dignity - an ecumenical understanding? - : general

Volume 99, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0254-1807
  • E-ISSN: 2305-445X



A history of at least sixty years of ecumenical co-operation in the area of human rights shows continuous attention to the concept of human dignity. However it is not self-evident that this concept furthers ecumenical dialogue as well as dialogue with other religious and philosophical traditions. Connections are shown with the universalism-relativism debate in international law and with different views of the essence of law as such. Finally, the possible specific contribution of Christian theology towards a wider debate on human dignity is explored, and a challenge for Protestant theology is identified.

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