Historically, the Roman Catholic Church had not recognized the religious freedom of other religious groups. During Vatican II (1962-1965), the Church reformed its historic stance on religious freedom through the Document, Dignitatis Humanae ("Of Human Dignity"). Since then, much debate regarding the meaning of Dignitatis Humanae has ensued, both within the Church and among non-Catholics. This work contributes to the ongoing debate, offering contemporary insights that provide a different perspective than is commonly understood. Relying primarily upon Catholic sources, the author investigates the historical, philosophical, theological, and political factors that contribute to the formulation of Dignitatis Humanae, which also explain the different ways that the Document is applied in Spain, Mexico, and the United States. This work demonstrates how Catholic hegemony is a factor that influences the application of Dignitatis Humanae.
|Publisher:||Liberty 21st Century, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Edwin Cook earned his Ph.D. in Church-State Relations from the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University, Waco, TX. He has published numerous articles on religious freedom, religion and politics, and public policy issues. He has given lectures and seminars in Europe and throughout the United States.