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The political origins of religious liberty

The political origins of religious liberty

Author: Anthony James Gill
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Series: Cambridge studies in social theory, religion, and politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The issue of religious liberty has gained ever-increasing attention among policy makers and the public. Whereas politicians have long championed the idea of religious freedom and tolerance, the actual achievement of these goals has been an arduous battle for religious minorities. What motivates political leaders to create laws providing for greater religious liberty? In contrast to scholars who argue that religious  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony James Gill
ISBN: 9780521848145 0521848148 9780521612739 052161273X
OCLC Number: 104881952
Awards: Winner of American Sociological Association Distinguished Book Award in the Religion Section 2008
Description: xv, 263 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Of liberty, laws, religion and regulation ---
The political origins of religious liberty ---
Colonial British America ---
Mexico and Latin America ---
Russia and the Baltics (with Cheryl Žilinskas) ---
We gather together : the consequences of religious liberty ----
Appendix: List of definitions, axioms and propositions.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in social theory, religion, and politics.
Responsibility: Anthony Gill.
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Throughout history, governments have attempted to control religious organizations and limit religious freedom. Anthony Gill argues that political leaders are more likely to allow religious freedoms  Read more...


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