Human Dignity: The Basis for the Right to Religious Freedom

An essay on the relationship between human dignity and the right to religious freedom by anthropologist, Kathleen Brewer de Pozos, PhD. Historical background regarding the development by John Courtney Murray, SJ of the insight that religious freedom is based in human dignity rather than given by church or state is followed by examination of some of the practical results of his insights in a multi-cultural, secular society. Reference is made to and support drawn from Dignitatis Humanae, a document of Vatican II.

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