Human Dignity in Religions Traditions

23-24 July 2022

This July, a group of scholars committed to the Human Dignity in Religious Traditions (HDRT) Project met at Christ Church, Oxford. The meeting was a follow up to a meeting held in 2019 at Oxford. Scholars from different religious traditions presented their research on human dignity among the world’s religions and shared ideas and next steps for the project.

The Human Dignity in Religious Traditions (HDRT) Project is a research project jointly organized by the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Baylor University, and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University. It builds on the 2018 publication of the Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere. The purposes of the HDRT Project can be outlined as follows:

To conduct research on sacred and historically important texts and practices within the world’s religious traditions that describe and display the importance of human dignity.

To facilitate conversation among members of the world’s religious traditions around shared and disputed understandings of human dignity and its entailments.

To provide academic and popular resources for understanding the importance of human dignity within the world’s religious traditions.