Human Rights and Human Identity | Rowan Williams

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The Right Reverend Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, lectures on the complex—and often fraught—overlap between the political language of “human rights” and a theological account of human personhood.

The Right Reverend Rowan Williams spoke at the 2018 Payton Lectures, an annual lecture series from Fuller Seminary’s School of Theology. Fuller Theological Seminary instituted the Payton Lectures in 1948, providing for a series of divinity lectures by a notable scholar outside the regular faculty. The lectureship is named for Dr. John E. and Mrs. Eliza Payton, parents of the late Mrs. Grace Fuller, wife of seminary founder Charles E. Fuller. Explore lectures, responses, and more here.

Clifton R. Clarke, associate dean for the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies, responds to Rowan Williams’ first lecture by exploring rights discourse in relationship to global policies, colonialism, and white supremacy.

+ Matthew Kaemingk, associate dean for Fuller Texas and assistant professor of Christian ethics, responds to Rowan Williams’ first lecture by exploring Islamophobia, a culture longing for justice and reciprocity, and communal life.