Human rights and divine justice

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dc.description.abstract This article discusses the view of the Leiden professor Paul Cliteur that human rights are essentially secular and require rejection of God’s will as source of moral authority. Firstly, it analyses Cliteur’s reception of Kant and his claim that an exclusively anthropological grounding of human rights is the only possible one. Next, it investigates Nicholas Wolterstorff’s criticism of Kant’s grounding of human dignity in the rational capacity of mankind and his theistic grounding of human rights in God’s love by the mediating concept of human worth. Although Wolterstorff rightly believes that God’s special relationship with human beings is ultimately the best ground for human rights, his understandings of God’s love and of human worth appear to be problematic. Finally, the article explores the possibility to ground human rights directly in God’s justice by construing creation, the giving of the Ten Commandments and the justification of the sinner as central divine acts of justice in which God has given human rights to all human beings. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Muis, J., 2014, ‘Human rights and divine justice', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(1), Art. #2740, 8 pages. 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2740 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2740
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dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Human rights en_ZA
dc.subject Justice en_ZA
dc.subject God's will en_ZA
dc.subject Kant's en_ZA
dc.title Human rights and divine justice en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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