GOBA-seminar: For religion tells me so. “Shared religiousness” as a source of values?

GOBA Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Vebjørn Horsfjord presents a paper where he examines how interreligious alliance building may challenge the liberal and secular ideas of human rights discourse.

Vebjørn Horsfjord. Photo: UiO.

Some forms of interreligious alliance building challenge the liberal and secular ideas that underlie much current human rights discourse. The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is a lead actor in forging such alliances.

The paper is based on a close study of the church’s official texts on human rights. Some of these texts do not argue theologically from the Orthodox tradition, but rather point towards notions of “shared religiousness” as the source for anti-liberal agendas. Drawing on Jürgen Habermas’ translation imperative, the paper asks whether it is viable to posit vague representations of religious sameness as a source for values that should influence policy making processes. Is language to this effect merely particularist interests in disguise?

The paper will present some of the rhetorical devises that are employed in the debate including an implicit distinction between “good religion” and “bad religion”, central to the key objectives of the GOBA project.

The seminar is open for everyone. If you would like to read the paper, send an email to vebjorn.horsfjord@teologi.uio.no.


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Tags: interreligious relations, Human Rights
Published Feb. 26, 2016 9:46 AM - Last modified Feb. 26, 2016 9:46 AM