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Title: The Political Origins of Religious Liberty
Author: Gill, Anthony
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2007
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521612739
Volumes: 1; Pages: 280
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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.Contents1. Introduction: of liberty, laws, religion, and regulation; 2. The political origins of religious liberty; 3. Colonial British America; 4. Mexico and Latin America; 5. The Eastern Bloc and the Baltics (with Cheryl Zilinskas); 6. We gather together: the consequences of religious liberty.