The Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics)

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Throughout history, governments have attempted to control religious organizations and limit religious freedom. However, over the past two hundred years the world has witnessed an expansion of religious liberty. What explains this rise in religious freedom? Anthony Gill argues that political leaders are more likely to allow religious freedom when such laws affect their ability to stay in power, and/or when religious freedoms are seen to enhance the economic well-being of their country.

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Throughout history, governments have attempted to control religious organizations and limit religious freedom. However, over the past two hundred years the world has witnessed an expansion of religious liberty. Anthony Gill argues that political leaders are more likely to allow religious freedoms if such laws enhance economic well-being or political power of their country.

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Anthony Gill is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles and holds an Honors BA degree from Marquette University.

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