CHRISTIANITY'S MIXED CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHILDREN'S RIGHTS

Authors

  • Don S. Browning,

    1. Don S. Browning(1934–2010) was the Alexander Campbell Professor of Ethics and the Social Sciences, Divinity School, University of Chicago. John Witte, Jr. is Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory Law School, 1301 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322 – 2770, USA; e-mail john.witte@emory.edu.
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  • John Witte, Jr

    1. Don S. Browning(1934–2010) was the Alexander Campbell Professor of Ethics and the Social Sciences, Divinity School, University of Chicago. John Witte, Jr. is Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory Law School, 1301 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322 – 2770, USA; e-mail john.witte@emory.edu.
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Abstract

Abstract.  In this paper, which was among Don Browning's last writings before he died, we review and evaluate the main arguments against the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the “CRC”) that conservative American Christians in particular have opposed. While we take their objections seriously, we think that, on balance, the CRC is worthy of ratification, especially if it is read in light of the profamily ethic that informs the CRC and many earlier human rights instruments. More fundamentally, we think that the CRC captures some of the very best traditional Western legal and theological teachings on marriage, family, and children, which we retrieve and reconstruct for our day.

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