Annotated Bibliography on Dignitatis Humanae

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Vatican,I. I., &amp Pope Paul, V. I. (1965). Declaration on ReligiousFreedom, Dignitatis Humanae, On the Right of the Person and ofCommunities to Social and Civil Freedom in MattersReligious.&nbspPromulgatedBy His Holiness Pope Paul VI.

Annotationas Translation

The discussion by Pope VI and the Vaticanuses various words that may be challenging to understand. Some of thevocabularies used include human conscience, religious freedom,coercion, and dignity. The Vatican Council used the keywords to leadreligious people into a true worship. Human conscience refers to anindividual’s inner voice that differentiates what can be regardedas right or wrong (Burns,2014).

Religious freedom means allowing people to meet theirreligious obligations at their will. Coercion, as used in the text,means persuading individuals to participate in religious matters.Dignity is living in a manner that attracts honor and respect by aChristian (Burns,2014).

Annotation as Question

The writing also raises various questions. Forinstance, how can a Christian follow God’s will without fallingback into temptation? Some Christians spent a lot of time sin makingcoercion seem applicable.

Is freedom to worship applicable under allconditions and countries? Due to increase religious threats andhatred, the question of religious freedom is raising doubt.

Annotation as Close Reading

The authors used emphasizing language such asover and above all and repetition such as freedom to make the messageclear (Vatican&amp Pope V. I., 1965). The word all and above makethe reader think deeply concerning inviolable rights of human beingssuch as freedom to worship.

The repetition of the word freedom makes oneunderstand that it is a law of God for one to worship at will. Whenone is not forced to serve God, one does it wholeheartedly. Inaddition, God looks for individuals who can worship him withoutpartiality.

Annotation as Opinion

I my opinion, the writing is true andeffective to believers. I agree that no one should be forced toworship God but should be done out of freedom. Worship under freedommeans one is reading to follow God law.

Individuals teaching the word of God shouldnot use threatening language to force people to follow Gods law.Individuals should exercise their religious duty of preaching andguiding sinners without blaming them


In conclusion, the text was about religious freedom. Iturged religious leaders not to force people to worship God. Thewriting is important to students undertaking religious as major andindividuals planning to evangelize. It will prevent conflict wheninteracting with non-believers.


Burns, T. W.(2014). John Courtney Murray, Religious Liberty, and Modernity: PartI: Inalienable Natural Rights.&nbspLogos:A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture,&nbsp17(2),13-38.

Vatican, I.I., &amp Pope Paul, V. I. (1965). Declaration on Religious Freedom,Dignitatis Humanae, On the Right of the Person and of Communities toSocial and Civil Freedom in Matters Religious.&nbspPromulgatedBy His Holiness Pope Paul VI.