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.
A wonderful book.
It will be enormously helpful to Christians who love
the least of these (Matt 25:45).
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!
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. . . .
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 rightsChristian approaches; Biblical interpretation; Ethicsbiblical, 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 storys 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 worlds greatest champions of human rights and the worlds 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
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