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Freedom of Religion
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[German Version]

I. Dogmatics – II. Ethics – III. Philisophy – V. History – VI. Mission

I. Dogmatics

Freedom of religion, as generally understood, combines freedom of belief, of conscience, and creed, as well as freedom to practice one's religion (cf. German Basic Law, art. 4, §§1, 2), in one fundamental right. Dogmatics needs to clarify the relationship between religious certainty and freedom. A statement consonant with Reformation belief would run as follows: If Christian cert…

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Schlenke, Dorothee, Kronauer, Ulrich, Link, Christoph, Ohst, Martin, Witte, John, Roxborogh, John and Stanley, Brian, “Freedom of Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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