Separation of Church and State

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Separation of Church and State

To understand Locke’s argument for the separation of church and state you first need to understand what the purpose of the government is. Locke stated that the government is supposed to support civil interest. These civil interests include property, life, and security. Therefore the government’s job is to protect the civil interests of the people using force lawfully. Once Locke institutes the power of the government he develops three important assumptions vital to the separation of church and state. First point of Locke’s is the government cannot use its power to force religious conversion. By doing this Locke sets limits on the government power with the church. Therefore people won’t be threatened to be forced to convert, instead they are able to believe freely in what they want as long as it is within the law. By doing this religion is able to be within the government as well as long as they don’t try to force people to convert into their beliefs. Second point of Locke’s is the true persuasion of a person cannot be forced upon a person. However the government can use arguments to defend their own specific religion or faith. So while the government is able to promote its own beliefs it cannot force its belief on anyone that does not follow their faith. They also cannot teach you about their faith, you shouldn’t trust what they have to say instead do your own research on the matter. Which brings me to my third point of Locke’s, the

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