John Locke : The Benefits Of Religious Liberty And Religious Freedom

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Religious liberty has been and continues to be hotly debated among statesmen and citizens of nations worldwide. Religion is an aspect of society that is deeply rooted in the souls of people, therefore, when people criticize or are of different belief than another, religious toleration is difficult. John Locke was a philosopher who brought up the very discussion of tolerating religions and respecting their freedoms. He explained how the state and major churches can and should aid in the effort to support religious freedom. By examining religious toleration through the benefits received and the negatives if done independently, it is difficult to promote religious toleration without the cooperation of both church and state. Magistrates (the…show more content…
As time went on in US history, millions of people migrated to the United States. Many people’s motivation was not always to worship freely, but because different religions were tolerated, various backgrounds were comfortable of moving to the United States.
Several negative impacts affect churches and the state alike if one promotes toleration without support from the other. John Locke discusses the role atheism could play in society, and with the toleration of religions also come with those that are not religious. This could be detrimental to a religious society and the church’s purposes. More important, this can affect those who don’t believe in a God in obtaining rights and toleration. Locke is firm is saying that there should be no toleration for Atheist followers. An important principle also to remember is that religions supporting freedom does not mean they should not directly get involved in state matters. “Where they have not the [civil] power to carry on persecution and to become masters there they desire to live upon fair terms and preach up
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