With respect to his many writings on religious autonomy, Mill “showed no sympathy to any form of institutionalized religion: he failed to share Coleridge love for the established churches, and thought even less of Comte's proposals for a rigid and hierarchical institutional "religion of humanity." These forms of religion and religious practice all stifled individuality and personal development.” This perhaps made Mill a target for labels as a heretic in so much as unconformity to the vast reaches of the Church of England. This did not sit right with many philosophers of the day in that he was more of expressing things and thoughts logically and not so much with a directness of those who thought with emotion. Mill was considered a classic liberalism in which his philosophy was based on “the Age of Reason, characterized by a belief in the perfection of the natural order and a belief that natural laws should govern society. Logically it was reasoned that if the natural order produces perfection, then society should operate freely without interference from government”. This version of liberalism was further broken down into classical liberalism wherein it “focuses on the rights of individuals pertaining to conscience and lifestyle, including such issues as sexual freedom, religious freedom, cognitive freedom, and protection from government intrusion into private life.”.
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