What’s wrong with human rights?
Uncovering a False Religion
by David Cross
Is the concept of universal human rights in agreement with the Bible? This book says that the answer to that question is quite simply no. It is actually a man-conceived ideology which is relentlessly promoted these days, no doubt by well-meaning people. However, it exists without any divine endorsement, from a biblical point of view. At best it is a useful tool for giving a voice to those who are truly oppressed in this troubled world, but it will not give them a lasting solution. Any justice system which prioritises the claiming of rights, rather than the acknowledgement of wrongdoing, is much more likely to create conflict in society than to settle it.
The foundational, sometimes called inalienable, human rights discussed in this book are assumed to belong to everyone, simply by virtue of their being born human. The Bible is absolutely clear in affirming that every human being has inalienable value. However God nowhere infers that He has given any rights to humankind except those that come through a covenant relationship with Him.
This book claims that today’s increasingly fervent belief in the concept of human rights, not least in the area of sexual rights, is best described as a man-made religion, and therefore a false religion.
“Rarely have I read such an informative, historically accurate, and biblically correct book. David Cross has clearly defined why the matter of ‘human rights’ is one of the most serious issues of the day. This book is an in-depth “Divine litmus test” that is desperately needed in a world of increasing entitlement, lawlessness and humanly defined, so-called inalienable rights, which contrast sharply with the values and rights constituted by a Sovereign God.
In these pages, David offers profound hope in a failing society – a society that is trying to re-define itself morally, ethically, politically and even re-define God! But, in the end there will be grave consequences, as Isaiah reminds us – “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).
Not only do I enthusiastically endorse this book, but it is my fervent hope that it finds its way into the hands of every serious seeker of truth – especially every church and government leader, in as many circles as possible. Be prepared to be challenged and have your Bible close at hand!”
–Rev. Dr. Alistair P. Petrie, Author – Executive Director Partnership Ministries, www.partnershipministries.org
“This insightful book makes it clear where the human rights movement has gone wrong and deserves serious consideration and analysis. From both a theological and legal perspective, David Cross’s juxtaposition of Biblical teaching and misplaced human rights theory is powerful and persuasive. From the Enlightenment onwards, he shows a convincing knowledge of history and philosophy, crafting a dynamic apologetic as to how today’s ‘rights’ movement is in essence a Tower of Babel movement.
What’s Wrong with Human Rights is accessible and impressive. David manages to distil extremely complex concepts and philosophical traditions into an understandable and gratifying format which can be enjoyed by anyone whatever their background, from the layman to the graduate student.
By exposing the cracks in today’s radical embracement of a rights culture and suggesting a Biblical remedy as the only way back, he has transformed old-school Christianity into the new school legal world. It is a must read for anyone interested in today’s culture wars.”
–Andrea Minichiello Williams, Chief Executive for Christian Concern and Christian Legal Centre
Table of Contents
Introduction – Why this Book?
1 Humans have God-Given Rights: True or False?
2 A Little Early British History about Claiming Rights
3 The Age of Enlightenment and Reason: Reasoning with God or without Him?
4 Rights take Centre Stage
5 International Assent to the Religion of Rights
6 Humanism: The Doorway to the Religion of Rights
7 Rights, Contracts and Covenants
8 Universal Human Rights: A Doctrine of Demons?
9 True God-Given Rights
About the Author
Other Books by David Cross