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’n Christelike teorie van menseregte

J.M. Vorster
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 35, No 1 | a542 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v35i1.542 | © 2001 J.M. Vorster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 August 2001 | Published: 08 August 2001

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J.M. Vorster, Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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A Christian theory of human rights

The protection of human rights is a core issue in modern-day ethics. This issue can be regarded as one of the most important challenges to international politics and in the analysis of social phenomena. In this article a Christian theory of human rights is presented. With a terminological distinction between fundamental rights and human rights this Christian theory is built upon biblical themes such as the imago dei, the Ten Commandments, the lex naturalis and the relation between authority and subject. In conclusion, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is evaluated in accordance with this theory.


Human Rights; A Christian Theory; Imago Dei; Lex Naturalis; Universal Declaration Of Human Rights


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