Religious Liberty (principles and application)

Religious liberty may be defined as freedom from coercion in religious matters, by way of either compulsion or interference, in respect to one’s choice, profession, or practice of any religion (or no religion); a freedom limited only at the point of infringement on the rights of others. Article 18 of the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights gives a succinct and well-worded definition of religious liberty: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.” Religious liberty is distinguished from religious toleration in t...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.