The Russian Orthodox Church and Human Rights
Title: The Russian Orthodox Church and Human Rights
Author: STOECKL, Kristina
Citation: London ; New York : Routledge, 2014, Routledge Religion, society and government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States ; 1
ISBN: 9780415658713; 9781315818788
This book examines the key 2008 publication of the Russian Orthodox Church on human dignity, freedom, and rights. It considers how the document was formed, charting the development over time of the Russian Orthodox Church's views on human rights. It analyzes the detail of the document, and assesses the practical and political impact inside the Church, at the national level and in the international arena. Overall, it shows how the attitude of the Russian Orthodox Church has shifted from outright hostility towards individual human rights to the advocacy of "traditional values.
Table of Contents:
-- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Note on transliteration, translation and names -- Introduction - Human rights in a religious perspective - Religion in a human rights perspective - Orthodox Christian assessments of human rights -- 1 Four areas of encounters and friction with human rights for the Russian Orthodox Church - The Russian Orthodox Church and human rights during the Cold War - Russian Orthodox nationalism and human rights - The Church and liberal human rights groups - The Russian Orthodox Church and international human rights legislation -- 2 The human rights debate inside the Russian Orthodox Church (2000--2008) - The ideological and institutional frame for the human rights debate - Human rights in the Social Doctrine of the Russian Orthodox Church - The Human Rights Declaration of the World Russian People's Council - Topics in the Russian Orthodox human rights debate -- 3 The Russian Orthodox Church's basic teaching on human dignity, liberty, and rights: analysis and interpretation - The Human Rights Doctrine of the Russian Orthodox Church and international human rights documents - Tensions and ambiguities -- 4 The domestic and international human rights agenda of the Russian Orthodox Church - The Church and human rights in Russian society and politics - The international human rights agenda of the Russian Orthodox Church -- 5 Religion and human rights in postsecular society - How to understand religious majority claims - Church--state relations and religious majority claims in the postsecular liberal framework - Orthodox Christianity in the postsecular age -- Bibliography -- Index