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Law, Religion, and Human Rights: A Historical Protestant Perspective

John Witte Jr.
The Journal of Religious Ethics
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Fall, 1998), pp. 257-262
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40008658
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Abstract

The author discusses the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation as a human rights movement. The Reformation not only laid the groundwork for religious human rights but also created the platform for the more expansive conceptions of individual liberty that shaped the political development of the West. The continuing importance of the churches in the human rights movement is affirmed.

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