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Keywords:

  • Thomas Aquinas;
  • William Blackstone;
  • children's rights;
  • family;
  • human rights;
  • David Hume;
  • John Locke;
  • Charles Malik;
  • marriage;
  • parents

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.