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Law, Religion and Human Rights: A Historical Protestant Perspective

Annual of the American Society of Christian Ethics, Vol. 26, pp. 257-262, 1998

7 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2011  

John Witte Jr.

Emory University School of Law

Date Written: 1998

Abstract

The author discusses the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation as a human rights movement. The Reformation not only laid the groundwork for religious human rights but also created the platform for the more expansive conceptions of individual liberty that shaped the political de-velopment of the West. The continuing importance of the churches in the human rights movement is affirmed.

Keywords: Protestant Reformation, Human Rights, Individual

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Witte, John, Law, Religion and Human Rights: A Historical Protestant Perspective (1998). Annual of the American Society of Christian Ethics, Vol. 26, pp. 257-262, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1797855

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