Christianity and Human Rights: Foundation, Expression and Practice

  • Kjetil FretheimEmail author


Although the notion of human rights has been challenged on religious, philosophical and political grounds, human rights has gained a unique and unprecedented prominence in the national and international political discourses of the post-WWII era. This development has not gone unnoticed by churches and theologians, but how human rights should be interpreted from the perspective of the Christian faith and what role they should play in the way Christianity engages with social and political issues, remains disputed. In this chapter, I will examine the foundation, expression and practice of human rights from the perspective of Christian theology.


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  1. 1.MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and SocietyMajorstuenNorway

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