”To kick off our series on freedom of religion or belief, Hans-Martien ten Napel considers why the right to this freedom, a foundation stone of the liberal democratic order, is threatened. He describes how the notion of natural rights has been replaced by a proliferation of legalistic human rights. Seemingly a welcome development, this has unintentionally pushed the right to freedom of religion or belief to the margins. A contemporary reengagement with natural law thinking could help to reverse this slide.”
Continue reading the article here: ‘The Natural Law and Natural Rights Tradition; A Foundation for Religious Freedom’.
”The Religion and Global Society blog is a platform for academics and other expert commentators to share their insights on this complex, wide-reaching topic. As the LSE’s mission is ‘to know the causes of things’, the work of each LSE department must, at some stage, meet with the reality of religion. This blog therefore presents the latest work of LSE academics whose work touches on religion. We also warmly invite those outside of the School to write for the blog and to widen the discussion, particularly academics, politicians, journalists, charity workers and faith and community leaders.”
This article is part of a new series considering ”the normative foundations of FoRB, how it is understood at the global and local level, and how different religious traditions perceive the right to religious expression.”