This Saturday, 17 March, John Perry will speak at the spring conference of Developing a Christian Mind, entitled Seeking Wisdom. The conference is intended primarily for postgraduate students, though others are welcome.
Perry will address the conference section on law, for law students or those interested in law, which focuses on the relation of Christian ethics and human rights.
The language of rights is pervasive in legal thought and beyond; rights have been called the principal counter in political discourse (John Finnis), and the moral lingua franca of the modern age (Michael Perry). This precipitates several questions that we will explore in this seminar. Can the moral beliefs and practice of the Christian life be a proper way of giving content to the analytical structure of rights? Or, as Alasdair MacIntyre has suggested, do lawyers and judges displace clergy and theologians when rights are the foundation for how we conceive of and adjudicate questions of justice in a pluralistic democracy? Does Christianity provide a needed account for the basis of rights, or a challenge to the fundamental assumptions of rights discourse? We will hold a round-table discussion with Oxford faculty members and postgraduate lawyers to explore the relationship between contemporary legal rights discourse and the Christian worldview.
For more information or to register, visit the website for Developing a Christian Mind.