HUMAN DIGNITY – AN ECUMENICAL UNDERSTANDING?

Leo J Koffeman

Abstract


A history of at least sixty years of ecumenical co-operation in the area of human
rights shows continuous attention to the concept of human dignity. However it is not
self-evident that this concept furthers ecumenical dialogue as well as dialogue with
other religious and philosophical traditions. Connections are shown with the
universalism-relativism debate in international law and with different views of the
essence of law as such. Finally, the possible specific contribution of Christian
theology towards a wider debate on human dignity is explored, and a challenge for
Protestant theology is identified.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/99-0-670

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