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Religious freedom more than an individual liberty

Published: Thursday, July 11 2013 12:30 p.m. MDT

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Religious freedom involves protecting much more than a persons right to believe in the privacy of their own home/church, argues David Koyzis at First Thoughts.

Quoting a recent statement from a proposal passed by the Southern Baptist Convention, “The freedom of the individual to live in accordance with his or her religiously informed values and beliefs” fails to address the fact that a large part of religious practice is carried out in the community as a whole, not just individually.

“Christians and other adherents of the major religious traditions live out their respective faiths in community. These communities inevitably set standards for membership, including expectations for faith and standards for life and conduct within the community. A robust public recognition of religious freedom must account for this communal dimension of faith," according to Koyzis.

Freeman Stevenson is a Snow College grad and is the DeseretNews.com opinion intern. Reach me at fstevenson@deseretdigital or @freemandesnews

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