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A Common Theological Basis for Human Rights

  • Zdravko Plantak

Abstract

Seventh-day Adventists have contributed to Christian theology by a number of theological observations which had been either neglected or forgotten during the history of the Christian church. Some of these theological considerations, as will be argued in the next two chapters, have been helpful in the development of social concern. Others have had the opposite effect. Hence, through Adventist history, different theological emphases have led to inconsistency in the realisation of social ethics and, in particular, of the ethics of human rights. The aim of this chapter is, therefore, threefold. First, to pursue areas of theology through which Adventists could learn to be more consistent in their application of social ethics. Secondly, to investigate a common theological basis for human rights that Adventists share with other Christians, in order that a greater degree of understanding and cooperation can be initiated between Seventh-day Adventists and the wider community. Finally, to explore several theological aspects through which Adventism could contribute to the development of theology and ethics of human rights.

Keywords

Human Dignity Social Ethic Christian Theology Christian Church Future Aspect 
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Notes

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    For the notion of stewardship in relation to the image of God, see Douglas John Hall, Imaging God: Dominion as Stewardship (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1986).Google Scholar
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    For a good exposition of the concept of the image of God see Hall, Imaging God (1986); David Cairns, The Image of God in Man (London: SCM Press, 1953)Google Scholar
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    A number of excellent discussions on the effects of the Fall on humanity and restoration of the image of God in Christ have appeared since the early 1970s. See, for example, David E. Jenkins, What Is Man? (London: SCM Press, 1970), pp. 71–88Google Scholar
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    A concise discussion on Ritschl’s contribution in the theology of the Kingdom of God is found in Claude Welch, Protestant Thought in the Nineteenth Century, Vol. 2, 1870–1914 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1985), pp. 1–25.Google Scholar
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