Why Chris­tians Want Re­li­gious Free­dom?

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“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

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