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From Persecution to TolerationThe Glorious Revolution and Religion in England$
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Ole Peter Grell, Jonathan I. Israel, and Nicholas Tyacke

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201960.001.0001

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The Claim to Freedom of Conscience: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Worship?

The Claim to Freedom of Conscience: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Worship?

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(p.171) 7. The Claim to Freedom of Conscience: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Worship?
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From Persecution to Toleration
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John Dunn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201960.003.0007

This chapter focuses on John Locke's Epistola de tolerantia or A Letter concerning Toleration, a text which advocates freedom of conscience, worship, belief, and speech. The single most important feature of Locke's understanding of the principles and practice of toleration was the far greater determinacy of his conception of freedom of conscience as freedom of worship than as either freedom of speech or freedom of thought. By the time he wrote the Epistola, he had come to combine a political perspective with an unyielding conviction of the priority of individual religious duty over terrestrial right.

Keywords:   John Locke, Epistola de tolerantia, freedom of conscience, freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom of thought

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