Why Christians Want Religious Freedom?
“Freedom, from the Christian point of view, is a gift of God. In creating the human race God gave a nature made in his own image. This is one traditional
approach to grounding human dignity. Humans are in some sense like God. Freely he initiates relationships and creatively maintains and renews them. That is a fundamental Christian belief.”78 According to Kieran Cronin, “The concept of religious freedom as essentially a duty to seek out God in truth and love seems to stress the activity of humanity.”79
Moreover, having religious freedom means that persons can believe, worship, witness, and be free not to hold any belief, as they wish. They are also free to change their beliefs or religion, and associate with others to express that belief. In addition, religion contributes a lot of morality and discipline to society.
Even, Calvin asked the “civil government” to “cherish and protect the outward worship of God,” and “to defend sound doctrine of piety and the position of the church.”80