Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"The Political Origins of Religious Liberty"

New from Cambridge University Press: The Political Origins of Religious Liberty by Anthony Gill.

About the book, from the publisher:
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.