In this talk, David McIlroy explores the problems which human rights theory seeks to address. He also considers the limitations and dangers of the common understanding of human rights and the attempt to use the language of human rights to resolve political and social questions. 17th October 2013.
Human rights are one of the core elements of the West’s sense of morality and ethics. Human rights discourse underpins many of our moral claims and grounds our sense of right and wrong. Whether politicians are talking about housing or the environment, family life or working conditions, human rights are frequently invoked as the basis for action/change/preservation. But what are human rights? Where have they come from? Where are they going? We sat down with lawyer David McIlroy to ask these and many other questions that, as Christians, we might better understand our political culture and be able to positively contribute as a result.
In this talk, David McIlroy explains how shalom is the Biblical picture of the Good, and how Christian lawyers can seek to apply and to promote this idea in public life.
David McIlroy joined judge Sir Mark Hedley and journalist Joshua Rozenberg to discuss the relationship between Christianity and the law on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Beyond Belief’, broadcast 27th January 2014.
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