<p>ABSTRACT:</p><p>How Christian conceptions of human rights became associated with anti-racism is the subject of this article. Protestants rooted human rights in a philosophical doctrine called âpersonalism,â whose language of âdignity,â the âhuman family,â and the âhuman personâ was first developed in the Methodist-run philosophy department at Boston University at the turn of the century. Personalism, evoked in interwar discussions of racism and colonialism, transformed into the political language of human rights during World War II, a moment when Protestant intellectuals were seeking to defend liberal freedoms.</p>
Journal of the History of Ideas – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Sep 20, 2018
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