By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, September 2, 2011

College Quotes Part 13

Oldest Baptist meetinghouse
in the U.S. (Providence, R.I) (see link)

God alone is Lord of the conscience . . . . Church and state should be separate . . . . A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
Baptist Faith and Message, 1925

Comment: This quote echoes the constant pleas of Benedict XVI for religious freedom throughout the world, whether that freedom is besieged by secularist or Islamic or other extremists.

The Baptist tradition has a fine record of calling for religious freedom for all. Roger Williams of Rhode Island embraced that tradition in early American history.
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