English: A constructive interpretation of Martin Luther’s teaching on social rights reveals that
human rights are not the institutions or instruments of evil that some Christian viewpoints
take them to be. On the contrary, natural rights are gifts of God, inscribed on
humankind’s heart in the kingdom of creation for serving God and one’s neighbour
through love. Human rights are fundamentally rights of love, to be maintained for the
glory of God. In the social sphere both private and public social rights are of fundamental
importance in steering humanity towards attaining peace and justice in society.