Euthanasia, Abortion, Death Penalty and Religion - The Right to Life and its Limitations

International Empirical Research

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Hans-Georg Ziebertz, Francesco Zaccaria
Religion and Human Rights
  • London, England: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , November
     306 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book considers how the termination of life might be accepted in the view of a general obligation to protect life. It features more than 10 papers written by scholars from 14 countries that offer international comparative empirical research. Inside, readers will find case studies from such areas as: India, Chile, Germany, Italy, England, Palestine, Lithuania, Nigeria, and Poland.

The papers focus on three limitations of the right to life: the death penalty, abortion, and euthanasia. The contributors explore how young people understand and evaluate the right to life and its limitations. The book presents unique empirical research among today's youth and reveals that, among other concepts, religiosity matters. It provides insight into the acceptance, perception, and legitimation of human rights by people from different religious and cultural backgrounds.

This investigation rigorously tests for inter-individual differences regarding political and judicial rights on religious grounds, while controlling for other characteristics. It will help readers better understand the many facets of this fundamental, yet controversial, philosophical question. The volume will be of interest to students, researchers, as well as general readers searching for answers.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Hans-Georg Ziebertz is Professor for Practical Theology, University of Würzburg, Germany. He is coordinator of the international research project “Religion and Human Rights”, many publications on these issues.

Francesco Zaccaria is Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology, Apulian Theological Faculty, Bari, Italy.


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