Tag: Human Rights

Patristic Roots for a Right to Health?<span class='secondary-title'>Divine Kinship, Citizenship, and COVID-19</span>
Public Life

Patristic Roots for a Right to Health?Divine Kinship, Citizenship, and COVID-19

by D. Brendan Johnson Human rights are contentious: do they exist? Where are they from? And how do we know which specific rights should count as human rights? Is there an Orthodox case to be made for human rights? Indeed, the continuing COVID-19 pandemic raises the specific question of a right to health and healthcare,…

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Violence in Georgia and the Ambivalence of a Cross
Public Life, Religion and Politics

Violence in Georgia and the Ambivalence of a Cross

In the aftermath of erecting a metal cross to replace the flag of Europe in front of Georgia’s Parliament on July 5, my intention was to write only on the ambivalence of this cross, but things took a horrifying turn. World media and social platforms gave an ample coverage to the events that unfolded around…

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Constitutional Amendments Bless the Russian Orthodox Church’s Growing Foreign Policy Role
Religion and Politics

Constitutional Amendments Bless the Russian Orthodox Church’s Growing Foreign Policy Role

Russia’s constitutional amendments of 2020 augur an ever-enlarging foreign policy role for the Russian Orthodox Church—Moscow Patriarchate (ROC). Constitutional entrenchment of the Kremlin’s selective understanding of state sovereignty and non-interference; a state-sanctioned vision of historical truth; the muscular protection of compatriot rights abroad; and the propagation of traditional values each tap into areas where the…

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Human Rights and Persecution Economies
Public Life, Religion and Politics

Human Rights and Persecution Economies

by Candace Lukasik | Ελληνικά Earlier this year, I published a short piece with Anthropology News on Coptic Christian persecution in Egypt, American power, and racism in the United States. I then received a barrage of social media criticism claiming that I overemphasized racism against Copts in the US, and in so doing eschewed focus…

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Review: Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights in Europe
Book Reviews, Religion and Politics

Review: Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights in Europe

Ever since the Russian Orthodox Church in July 2008 adopted its Basic Teaching on Human Dignity, Freedom and Rights, the relationship between Orthodox Christianity and human rights has been a popular theme in European academic publishing. Of this multitude, one stands out because of its respectful stance to varying views. Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights…

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Can Orthodox Support Human Rights?<span class='secondary-title'>The Divine Image, the Person, and Human Rights</span>
Orthodoxy and Modernity, Public Life

Can Orthodox Support Human Rights?The Divine Image, the Person, and Human Rights

Patristic anthropology, the theology of the human person and human rights are intimately related. Recognition of the close relationships among these three areas is essential to the elaboration of a sound Orthodox theology concerning the nature and status of human existence in the face of secularism, technology, violence and other challenges to what it means…

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Orthodoxy, Human Rights & Secularization
Holy and Great Council, Orthodoxy and Modernity

Orthodoxy, Human Rights & Secularization

“The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World” offers a clear reaffirmation of the “dignity and majesty of the human person” (1.1) in Christian doctrine. Moreover, the exalted status of the human person is here grounded in its ultimate vocation to deification. While the human being is brought to perfection beyond this life in…

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