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Title: Dignitatis Humanae as a Civil Right and Responsibility in the Image of God?
Author(s): ZEINSTRA-KUIJS, Yvette N.M.
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 40 Issue: 2 Date: 2017
Dignitatis Humanae, the document that was written during the Second Vatican Council’s sessions on religious freedom, is not a ‘forgotten’ document in the strict sense of the word ‘forgotten’, because it is still a very relevant document for contemporary scholarly discussions on church and state relations and religious freedom. Seen the historization of the conciliar events, it is interesting to study the process of 'aggiornamento' and the hermeneutical theologies of the signs of the times in the works of two influential theological scholars, John C. Murray and Christoph Theobald. The nuanced vision their theologies offer on religious freedom and its societal contextualization leaves room to discuss an appropriate hermeneutical methodology to interpret the signs of the times. The French theologian and council peritus Yves Congar has commented on and written several drafts during the council sessions. His ideas and comments are added in the discussion on a proper methodology to interpret the contemporary relevance of a conciliar document that has had and will continue to have a significant influence in debates on the juridical, social and religious importance of religious freedom.