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July 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Dr. Jürgen Habermas on Christianity and Human Rights–The Real Quotes

There are at least two versions of this quote:

“Universalistic egalitarianism, from which sprang the ideals of freedom and a collective life in solidarity, the autonomous conduct of life and emancipation, the individual morality of conscience, human rights and democracy, is the direct legacy of the Judaic ethic of justice and the Christian ethic of love. This legacy, substantially unchanged, has been the object of continual critical appropriation and reinterpretation. To this day, there is no alternative to it. And in light of the current challenges of a postnational constellation, we continue to draw on the substance of this heritage. Everything else is just idle postmodern talk.”

Jürgen Habermas – “Time of Transitions“, Polity Press, 2006, pp. 150-151, translation of an interview from 1999

“The ideals of freedom and a collective life in solidarity, the autonomous conduct of life and emancipation, the individual morality of conscience, human rights and democracy, is the direct legacy  of the Judiac ethics of justice and the Christian ethic of love…To this day, there is no alternative to it…We continue to draw on the substance of this heritage.  Everything else is just idle postmodern talk.”

Jürgen Habermas, Religion and Rationality, p. 149

This is re-quoted from Timothy Keller, An Invitation to the Skeptical: Making Sense of God

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