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A Theological Justification for Freedom of Religion and Belief as a Universal Right

Giles, Jessica (2019). A Theological Justification for Freedom of Religion and Belief as a Universal Right. In: Bunikowski, Dawid and Puppo, Alberto eds. Why Religion? Towards a Critical Philosophy of Law, Peace and God. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing (In Press).

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This chapter explores the extent to which, in the light of this scholarship and the lack of universal application of FoRB, FoRB can still claim to be a universal right. It first explores FoRB’s claims to universalism in international, regional and national rights instruments. It then considers the theoretical basis for FoRB as a universal right in order to discover whether on a philosophical and theological level there are still grounds to support its claim to universalism. This is followed by an overview of the evidence which demonstrates that despite its universal nature in legal instruments and theory, FoRB is far from universally applied. To address this gap between aspirational rights norms and practice this chapter then considers a theory grounded in reformed theology to support FoRB as a universal right.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2019 Jessica Giles, Springer International Publishing
Keywords: Freedom of thought conscience and religion; philosophy of human rights; universalism
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Law
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Citizenship and Governance
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 60686
Depositing User: Jessica Giles
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 14:30
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 10:28
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