Freedom of Conscience

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As we wrap up our study of the Reformation, we conclude with Roger Williams’ move toward Freedom of Conscience-the freedom to worship in one’s own way, including the right not to worship. Prior to 1636, nearly every government on earth assumed responsibility for spiritual as well as political concerns, often invoking laws demanding that citizens worship at a certain church and in certain ways. However, Roger Williams proposed the idea of Freedom of Conscience when he came to the New World. This eventually was the basis for the first amendment to the US Constitution-freedom of religion without government control. Luke 9: 52-56; Romans 5:1 (NKJV)