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Title: If God Were a Human Rights Activist: Human Rights and the Challenge of Political Theologies
Authors: Santos, Boaventura de Sousa 
Keywords: Human Rights; Religious Theology; Political Theology; Modernity; Globalization; Resistance
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Warwick
Serial title, monograph or event: Law, Social Justice & Global Development
Volume: 2009
Issue: 1
Abstract: Citing the inability of conventional human rights thinking to address the ‘strong’ questions raised by our times, this article pursues a twofold objective: to identify the major challenges that the rise of political theologies at the beginning of the twentieth-first century posed to human rights; and second, to select within a broad landscape of theological analysis the types of reflections and practices that might contribute to expand and deepen the canon of human rights politics. In order to achieve this double goal the article uses complexity as its main analytical guideline making distinctions from which significant consequences were drawn: on one side, distinctions among different types of political theologies (pluralist versus revelationist, traditionalist versus progressive); and, on the other, between two contrasting discourses and practices of human rights politics (hegemonic versus counter-hegemonic). Depending on the circumstances, even conventional or hegemonic human rights struggles may be a progressive tool against social practices and norms derived from traditionalist and revelationist theologies. Pluralist and progressive theologies, in turn, may be a source of radical energy toward more ambitious, counter-hegemonic human rights struggles.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/44182
ISSN: 1467-0437
1467-0437
Rights: openAccess
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