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

by Anthony Gill

  • Author: Anthony Gill
  • ISBN: 052161273X
  • ISBN13: 978-1107036758
  • ePub: 1591 kb | FB2: 1510 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: World
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 29, 2007)
  • Pages: 280
  • Rating: 4.6/5
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The Political Origins of Religious Liberty (Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics) ePub download

The last few decades have seen the growth of those who argue that "a strong wall that excludes religion from the public square can have the effect of privileging secularism" (p 21). How did we get to this point? Gill provides a thorough background on the development of religious liberty in colonial British America.

Gill makes history come alive while offering a unique theory of religious liberty that ought to become a. .I recommend this book to aficionados of both religious and political history and to lovers of religious liberty everywhere.

Gill makes history come alive while offering a unique theory of religious liberty that ought to become a discussion point in graduate level classes. I am no sure how well his theory would translate to other religions such as the expansion of Islamic states but that is outside the scope of this book.

Professor Gill approaches The Political Origins of Religious Liberty from a paradigm which would at first glance seem to clash: Rational choice and economic theory. Whether you are a spiritual person or not everyone "knows" religion is just one of those things that will always be around and for some historical and/or cultural reasons people believe it, right? Anthony approaches the idea of religious participation and liberty from what economists would call a "supply-side" perspective.

Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics. Recommend to librarian.

Anthony James Gill (born July 17, 1965) is an American political scientist and adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Washington; he is a non-resident scholar at the Baylor University Institute for the Study of Religion. Gill specializes in political economy, comparative politics and religion. He obtained his PhD (1994) and MA (1989) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Political Origins of Religious. Structuring Politics: Historical Institutionalism in Comparative Analysis (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics). Post-Marxism Versus Cultural Studies: Theory, Politics and Intervention (Taking on the Political). Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology). 5 Things you didn’t know about your brain.

Professor Gill approaches The Political Origins of Religious Liberty from a paradigm which would at first glance . Gill's focus on simple mechanisms to explain religious phenomenon also gives the reader the tool-set he needs to analyze religious liberty and participation in scenarios not explained in his book.

The most important book ever written on religious liberty is also a delight to read. the emergence (or denial) of religious freedom.

Using insights from political economists, Gill develops a theory of the origins of religious liberty based upon the political and economic interests of governing officials. Political leaders are most likely to permit religious freedom when it enhances their own political survival, tax revenue, and the economic welfare of their country. He explores his theory using cases from British America, Latin America, Russia, and the Baltic states.

Politics and Religion 'provide compelling and original insights on the interaction between religion and politics in modern society. these books provide an excellent introduction to the study of religion and politics. Both are intensely argued, theoretically sophisticated and empirically well.

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.
Mallador
When referring to the concept of liberty many are accustomed to one in which the focus is upon economic and social institutions. Gill expands upon this through his work with religious institutions and the resulting theory of religious liberty. In a world where so many issues are driven by religious conflict such a theory should be at the forefront of academic research.

Gill expels the traditional belief that "when people behave under the influence of religion or religious institutions...they are not calculating the self-interested costs and benefits of their actions" (p. 28). Rather, by taking individuals preferences as a given we can apply the framework of rational choice which dictates that under such a set of preferences individuals will seek to achieve their goals in the least costly means subject to the constraints they face. What prior to had been considered a chaotic arrangement of religious institutions now may more appropriately be described as a functioning marketplace for religious salvation, each church attempting to offer products and services to their parishioners who may require varying degrees of religious participation.

Let us not forget the role of the state in either hampering or supporting these religious institutions. Gill demonstrates that "when competing ideas exist in society, it is often political interests that tip the balance of the debate in one direction or another" (p. 8). To the extent that both institutions are seeking to achieve their goals the Catholic Church is no less likely to engage in rent-seeking behavior than Boeing. While Gill enumerates the varying reasons why political leaders may be inclined to establish one religion above another or even engage in militant atheism no one can deny the resounding consequences these decisions have on society at large. Perhaps one of my favorite aspects of this text was its focus on the relationship between religious tolerance and economic growth.

If you are looking for something that fundamentally alters the way you view religion or liberty in general this book is it. Speaking as a former student of Gill's I can say without a doubt that not only is he an extraordinary teacher but a pioneer in his field. I can not recommend him enough. If you are student at the UW, TAKE HIS CLASS! You won't regret it.
Cordantrius
Professor Gill approaches The Political Origins of Religious Liberty from a paradigm which would at first glance seem to clash: Rational choice and economic theory. Whether you are a spiritual person or not everyone "knows" religion is just one of those things that will always be around and for some historical and/or cultural reasons people believe it, right?

Anthony approaches the idea of religious participation and liberty from what economists would call a "supply-side" perspective. Basically what this means is he largely holds "desire for religious consumption" constant and instead examines how politicians and governments create laws involving religions. This framework is unique and extremely effective at explaining varying religious participation levels. No longer is the argument that "Europeans are just different than us" going to hold water. Gill is not afraid to delve into the historical reasoning and current political discourse that sheds light on the underlying economic algorithms which can predict these trends.

Yet what is perhaps the best part of this book is he is able to convey complex ideas in a writing style that is both easy to read and extremely entertaining. Gill's humor blends wonderfully with his deeper argument in a style far too often passed over in an attempt to come across as an `intellectual' (which ironically backfires the vast majority of the time). Gill's focus on simple mechanisms to explain religious phenomenon also gives the reader the tool-set he needs to analyze religious liberty and participation in scenarios not explained in his book.

To provide a brief summary (or for those too lazy to read this whole passage): Gill's book provides an entertaining, humorous and profoundly insightful look into how politicians and governments might have more power than you think in determining how many people are sitting next to you on Sunday.
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