At present, in the most civilized countries, freedom of speech is taken as a matter of course and seems a perfectly simple thing.
On the other hand, Charles Guignebert, a professor of Church history at the Sorbonne in the early 20th century, asserts that "it has been established that the author of Acts was ignorant of the epistles of Paul, and even formally contradicts them; that he does not understand certain ancient traditions [e.g.
Man is to submit his soul to God and to God’s will wholly and without reserve.
Hence his preaching is for the most part imperative in character, if not in form.
Some have preferred, like Socrates, some would prefer to-day, to face death rather than conceal their thoughts.
Thus freedom of thought, in any valuable sense, includes freedom of speech.