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Religious Freedom in the Bible

Ivica Čatić   ORCID icon ; Catholic Faculty of Theology, J. J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Đakovo, Croatia

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APA 6th Edition
Čatić, I. (2013). Vjerska sloboda u Bibliji. Diacovensia, 21 (4), 599-608. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Čatić, Ivica. "Vjerska sloboda u Bibliji." Diacovensia, vol. 21, no. 4, 2013, pp. 599-608. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Čatić, Ivica. "Vjerska sloboda u Bibliji." Diacovensia 21, no. 4 (2013): 599-608.
Čatić, I. (2013). 'Vjerska sloboda u Bibliji', Diacovensia, 21(4), pp. 599-608. Available at: (Accessed 06 December 2021)
Čatić I. Vjerska sloboda u Bibliji. Diacovensia [Internet]. 2013 [cited 2021 December 06];21(4):599-608. Available from:
I. Čatić, "Vjerska sloboda u Bibliji", Diacovensia, vol.21, no. 4, pp. 599-608, 2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 06 December 2021]

Starting from the understanding of religious freedom as understood by the European Convention on Human Rights, under the theme “Religious freedom in the Bible” the paper examines an individual's right to their own free choice, practicing and further transmission of religious beliefs, and possible restrictions on that right. The paper first brings the relationship between Israel's monotheism and universalism and its historical development. It then makes a distinction between religious freedom of Israelites - who are bound by the Sinai Covenant to the Yahwistic monotheism - and other nations for whom the Old Testament recognizes the right to their own religious affiliation, always maintaining ethical demands.
The New Testament on the one hand manifests Jesus’ willingness to meet with all people and the absence of any demand for accepting either Judaism or Christianity - actually, there is no mention of the religious affiliation of foreign people that Jesus meets. However, with the descent of the Holy Spirit, the Church - sent to the whole world - will express a clear position that the affiliation with the Church is the condition of salvation (cf. Acts 4:12, 1 Tim 2:5). Paul strongly affirms the existence of the One God, whom he considers to be intelligible to all, including members of other religions, and on the other hand, he manifests an appreciation of the specific understanding of the relationship monotheism/polytheism that is characteristic of the Hellenistic period.

Bible; Old Testament; New Testament; monotheism; religious freedom; tolerance

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