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Religion in Public LifeMust Faith Be Privatized?$
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Roger Trigg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543670.001.0001

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Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty

(p.50) 3 Religious Liberty
Religion in Public Life

Roger Trigg

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the limitations on freedom based on the Constitution of the United States. It follows that freedom of religion had long been regarded as the corner-stone of a free society. Individuals must be free to choose their own religion, to reject all religion, or be indifferent. The chapter then looks into ‘Christian Science’, an influential body with palatial headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. The organization sees a person as an expression of divine Mind, not matter, and the human body as shaped by the comprehension of each individual. The chapter also briefly examines the case of the Amish, and the Islamic dress. The last section of the chapter looks into the problem of religious freedom with the law.

Keywords:   religious freedom, US Constitution, Christian Science, divine Mind, Amish, Islamic dress, religion

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