Religious Studies and Theology, Vol 39, No 2 (2020)

Political Theology and Indigenous Right

Graham Brown
Issued Date: 26 Aug 2020


This paper uses the interest theory of rights, and the conception of political community as an association based on duties to cooperate rather than an agreement under a contract, to evaluate and reject the proposition that Indigenous groups have the right to have rights because of unique facts about them or their similarity to human beings who do have the right to rights. I explain that a ‘civic republican’ conception of an association of duty and cooperation is one way to conceive political arrangements that support justice for Indigenous interests. Finally, I show how that such a conception complements the Christian theological perspective that the perfection of our common life is not achieved by the perfection of political arrangements but by individuals perfecting their ability to fulfill duties to God and neighbor.

DOI: 10.1558/rsth.41321


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