Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

5 Religion and Human Rights with Special Reference to Judaism

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter analyzes three dilemmas for the citizen, for secular government, and for the religious authorities: (1) the citizen wants to do right by Caesar and by God, but Caesar and God's representatives may issue conflicting orders; (2) secular government, which by definition rejects claims to infallible knowledge of God's will, must oppose the claim of any religious authority to impose its norms on the public at large; and (3) the religious authorities, because they lay claim to special knowledge of right and wrong, seek to control the behaviour of their adherents. The chapter illustrates the dilemmas with reference to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The author draws religious material from the Jewish tradition; but almost everything what is said is equally applicable within other religious traditions. It is clear that there are areas in which religious demands conflict with universal human rights.

Keywords: Judaism; religious authority; secular government; UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Does God Believe in Human Rights? — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation