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FROM LUTHER TO LOCKE: HOW PROTESTANTS INVENTED RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Wednesday 18 October: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Clare College, Latimer Room, Trinity Lane, CB2 1TL

According to the UN Declaration of Human Rights, ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion’. This doctrine is well-established but it only emerged after a long argument. During the Reformation, both Catholics and Protestants defended the use of force in matters of religion. Around 3000 people were executed for heresy in the half century after Luther. How then, did the doctrine of religious liberty emerge? In this lecture John Coffey, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Leicester, examines the debates that raged among Protestants over liberty of conscience, showing how religious freedom slowly became a new orthodoxy.

Co-sponsored by Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics www.klice.co.uk and Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies www.ciris.org.uk.

Part of the Reformation2017 project www.jubilee-centre.org/reformation2017-project/ .

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