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Being Church And Freedom Of Religion–The Function And Ambit Of Religious Freedom

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This chapter addresses the issue of the church and religious freedom, and specifically, the question with regard to the function and ambit of religious freedom in the life of a church. In order to address the theme and question of the chapter, attention is first given to what we can understand under religion and freedom of religion. In the second place, attention is paid to the church in order to try and determine what it is that constitutes or helps to constitute the uniqueness of the church. In the third section, an attempt is made to more specifically determine the function and ambit of religious freedom with regard to churches as unique institutions within a specific constitutional context. Finally the chapter identifies the constitutional rights which churches may seek to protect, promote and enhance so that they can make optimum use of the guaranteed right to freedom of religion.

Keywords: church; constitutional rights; religious freedom



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