Religious Freedom, Democracy, and International Human Rights

John Witte and M. Christian Green

in Rethinking Religion and World Affairs

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827978
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933020 | DOI:
Religious Freedom, Democracy, and International Human Rights

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This chapter addresses questions concerning religious freedom, democracy, and human rights in international law. It discusses three particularly controversial issues that have become the focus of international attention and international law: proselytism (or evangelization in Christian terms); conversion (especially when conceived as apostasy); and blasphemy (recent reconceived as “defamation of religions”). Each of these three issues are among the most hotly contested religious freedom issues today, and arise particularly when religious traditions and religious believers confront each other in the current global resurgence of religion.

Keywords: human rights; religious freedom; international law; proselytism conversion; blasphemy

Chapter.  10187 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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