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Crowned with Glory and Honor
Human Rights in the Biblical Tradition

Chris Marshall

Foreword by Glen Stassen

Comment: “The book I have been waiting for since I made the commitment to be a Christian who stands for peace and justice. Marshall builds the bridge between the secular language of human rights and biblical perspectives on shalom that has been sorely lacking. Christian activists who have been hesitant to bring their faith into the picture should read this book, as should human rights advocates wondering how to persuade Christians to get on board. It may not be the longest book you read this year, but it could be the most important.”
—Mary H. Schertz, Professor of New Testament,
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

“A wonderful book. It will be enormously helpful to Christians who love ‘the least of these’ (Matt 25:45).”
—Glen Stassen, Lewis Smedes Professor of Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary, in the

“Provides a compelling case for the relevance of Christian faith for enriching a human rights culture. It is also a reminder to secularized people that there is a need for a deeper motivation to protect human rights than merely individual or group interests. A timely contribution to sustain the ongoing struggle for a humane society!”
—Gerald J. Pillay, Professor of Theology, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts,
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

“Through six forays into biblical theology, Marshall examines the interface between Judeo-Christian Scripture and human rights. An important contribution to the moral agenda of the twenty-first century.” More. . . .
—Willard M. Swartley, Professor of New Testament,
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Summary: This book argues that Christian faith has something distinctive to say about human rights and that biblical values make important contributions to contemporary understandings of human rights.

Market: Church leaders and pastors; students and scholars; church study groups; anyone interested in careful yet accessible discussion of human rights and their roots in Scripture.

Shelving: Human rights—Christian approaches; Biblical interpretation; Ethics—biblical, and theology. BISAC: Religion, Political Science and Government RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics, 650 Politics/International Relations.

The Author: Christopher D. Marshall, Auckland, New Zealand, is a theologian with a keen interest in how biblical perspectives can inform contemporary ethical debates. He is author of Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime and Punishment (Eerdmans, 2001) and other books. A former member of Mennonite congregations in England and the United States, Marshall received his Ph.D. from the University of London in addition to studying at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Eastern Mennonite University.

Quote: So profound is the biblical story’s insight into the meaning of being human, so consistent, so uncompromising is its insistence on human dignity, that those who look to the Christian Scriptures for guidance in this area should become both the world’s greatest champions of human rights and the world’s greatest critics of rights gone awry. I hope this book will inform Christian thinking and action in both these respects.Chris Marshall, in the Preface

Publisher: Pandora Press U.S.
Copublishers: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA; Lime Grove House, Auckland, NZ
Publication date: March 1, 2002
Pages: 160
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 trade paper
Prices: $13.95 US, $20.95 Can.

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