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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:   eBook : Document : 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: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony James Gill
ISBN: 9780511367458 0511367457 0521848148 9780521848145 052161273X 9780521612739 0511366868 9780511366864 0511365594 9780511365591 9780511790805 0511790805
OCLC Number: 1105462781
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 263 p.).
Contents: Introduction: of liberty, laws, religion and regulation --
The political origins of religious liberty --
Colonial British America --
Mexico and Latin America --
The Eastern Bloc and the Baltics (with Cheryl Ilinskas) --
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.


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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'Gill arrives at ... conclusions through a rich and rigorous comparative analysis of three historical cases: colonial and early postcolonial America, Latin America, and post-Communist Eastern Europe Read more...

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