Human rights, "orthodoxy" and "heresy": philosophical and religious framework of interpretations


  • Mychailo Cherenkov



Post-secularism activates the role of religions in problematic and redefining seemingly inviolable foundations, axial ideas, key modernist concepts, including "human rights." It is worth noting that religious leaders and theologians evaluate "human rights" not only externally - as a political theory, ideology or even a separate religion, but each time they raise the question of the internal connection between Christianity and "human rights", which can acquire forms as "Orthodoxy", and "heresy". Attention to this connection, its forms and interpretations is exacerbated to the extent that the more expressive are the claims of postsecular versions of religiosity to the actual understanding of human rights and how weaker general, universal, transcendental foundations become. It is interesting to trace how the "heretical" and "orthodox" understanding of human rights changes as an example of Christianity, as the ratio of these understandings changes, and in the end, as the boundaries of "heretical" and "orthodox" in the Christianity themselves change - in its political-legal and philosophical-religious aspects .