For All Peoples and All Nations: The Ecumenical Church and Human Rights

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Georgetown University Press, 2005 - 220 pages

In this new century, born in hope but soon thereafter cloaked in terror, many see religion and politics as a volatile, if not deadly, mixture. For All Peoples and All Nations uncovers a remarkable time when that was not so; when together, those two entities gave rise to a new ideal: universal human rights.

John Nurser has given life to a history almost sadly forgotten, and introduces the reader to the brilliant and heroic people of many faiths who, out of the aftermath of World War II and in the face of cynicism, dismissive animosity, and even ridicule, forged one of the world's most important secular documents, the United Nations's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These courageous, persistent, visionary individuals -- notable among them an American Lutheran Seminary professor from Philadelphia, O. Frederick Nolde -- created the Commission on Human Rights. Eventually headed by one of the world's greatest humanitarians, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Universal Declaration has become the touchstone for political legitimacy.

As David Little says in the foreword to this remarkable chronicle, "Both because of the large gap it fills in the story of the founding of the United Nations and the events surrounding the adoption of human rights, and because of the wider message it conveys about religion and peacebuilding, For All Peoples and All Nations is an immensely important contribution. We are all mightily in John Nurser's debt." If religion and politics could once find common ground in the interest of our shared humanity, there is hope that it may yet be found again.

 

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Table des matières

The Idea To Universalize Christendom
11
The Man Fred Nolde
28
PART II
47
To Write a Just and Durable Peace
49
Mobilizing Christian Forces
69
The Joint Committee on Religious Liberty
81
Preparing for San Francisco
93
The Charter of the United Nations Organization
111
Extracts from the Minutes of the First Full Meeting of the Joint Committee on Religious Liberty
189
The Six Pillars of Peace
191
Statement on Religious Liberty
192
Statement on Religious Liberty Memorandum No 2
193
Extracts from the Report on Commission II The Peace Strategy of the Churches
194
Letter on Human Rights in the Charter of the United Nations
196
Extracts from Concluding Remarks of J H Oldham and John Foster Dulles at the Final Session on the Girton College Conference
198
Letter from O Frederick Nolde to Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt
200

An Ecumenical Instrument
126
Finding a Text
143
Declaring Human Rights
160
Conclusion Faith and Human Rights Need Each Other
172
Extracts from the Report of the WCCinFormation Conference The Churches and the International Crisis
183
Extracts from A Message from the National Study Conference on the Churches and a Just and Durable Peace
186
Extract from the Report of the Drafting Committee to the Commission on Human Rights
201
Extracts from the Declaration on Religious Liberty
202
Extracts from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
204
Bibliography
205
Index
211
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John S. Nurser is a fellow of the Human Rights Center at the University of Essex and Canon Emeritus of Lincoln Cathedral in the Church of England. He was the founding director of the ecumenical group Christianity and the Future of Europe (CAFE).

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