The Political Origins of Religious Liberty

Author: Anthony Gill
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139467638
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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 liberty results from the spread of secularization and modern ideas, Anthony Gill argues that religious liberty results from interest-based calculations of secular rulers. 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.

Religion and Politics in the European Union

Author: François Foret
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107082714
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This book analyzes the place and influence of religion in European politics. François Foret presents the first data ever collected on the religious beliefs of European decision makers and what they do with these beliefs. Discussing popular assumptions such as the return of religion, aggressive European secularism, and religious lobbying, Foret offers objective data and non-normative conceptual frameworks to clarify some major issues in the contemporary political debate.

Religion and International Relations Theory

Author: Jack Snyder
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231526911
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Religious concerns stand at the center of international politics, yet key paradigms in international relations, namely realism, liberalism, and constructivism, barely consider religion in their analysis of political subjects. The essays in this collection rectify this. Authored by leading scholars, they introduce models that integrate religion into the study of international politics and connect religion to a rising form of populist politics in the developing world. Contributors identify religion as pervasive and distinctive, forcing a reframing of international relations theory that reinterprets traditional paradigms. One essay draws on both realism and constructivism in the examination of religious discourse and transnational networks. Another positions secularism not as the opposite of religion but as a comparable type of worldview drawing on and competing with religious ideas. With the secular state's perceived failure to address popular needs, religion has become a banner for movements that demand a more responsive government. The contributors to this volume recognize this trend and propose structural and theoretical innovations for future advances in the discipline.

Religious Persecution and Political Order in the United States

Author: David T. Smith
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107117313
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This book explains why the United States, a country that values religious freedom, has persecuted some religious minorities while protecting others. It explores the experiences of Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, Catholics, and Muslims arguing that the state will persecute a religion if it sees it as a political threat.

Political Secularism Religion and the State

Author: Jonathan Fox
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316299686
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This book examines 111 types of state religion policy in 177 countries between 1990 and 2008. Jonathan Fox argues that policy is largely a result of the competition between political secular actors and religious actors, both of which try to influence state religion policy. While there are other factors that influence state religion policy and both the secular and religious camps are divided, Fox offers that the secular-religious competition perspective provides critical insight into the nature of religious politics across the globe. While many states have both increased and decreased their involvement in religion, Fox demonstrates that states which have become more involved in religion are far more common.

Religion and Authoritarianism

Author: Karrie J. Koesel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139867792
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This book provides a rare window into the micropolitics of contemporary authoritarian rule through a comparison of religious-state relations in Russia and China - two countries with long histories of religious repression, and even longer experiences with authoritarian politics. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in multiple sites in these countries, this book explores what religious and political authority want from one another, how they negotiate the terms of their relationship, and how cooperative or conflicting their interactions are. This comparison reveals that while tensions exist between the two sides, there is also ample room for mutually beneficial interaction. Religious communities and their authoritarian overseers are cooperating around the core issue of politics - namely, the struggle for money, power and prestige - and becoming unexpected allies in the process.

Handbuch Religionssoziologie

Author: Detlef Pollack
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3531189247
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Das Handbuch Religionssoziologie bietet einen umfassenden Überblick über den Stand der Forschung sowie über Weite und Relevanz des Forschungsfeldes. Die Herausgeber Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack und Dr. Olaf Müller sind an der Universität Münster tätig. Prof. Dr. Volkhard Krech ist Leiter des Internationalen Kollegs für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung zum Thema „Dynamiken der Religionsgeschichte zwischen Asien und Europa“ an der RUB Bochum. Dr. Markus Hero ist am Institut für Transdisziplinäre Sozialwissenschaft an der PH Karlsruhe tätig.

Politics Theology and History

Author: Raymond Plant
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521438810
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This book examines the moral foundations of liberal societies through the role of Christian belief in public policy.

Die Reformation der Rechte

Author: John Witte Jr.
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 3788728345
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Johannes Calvin entwickelte ein neues Verständnis von Rechten und Freiheiten, von Kirche und Staat, das das Rechtssystem der frühen protestantischen Staaten formte. Seine Lehren, die sich schnell in Westeuropa ausbreiteten, wurden immer wieder durch große Krisen herausgefordert: die französischen Religionskriege, die niederländische Revolte, die englische Revolution, die amerikanische Kolonisation und Revolution. In solchen Krisen waren es Anhänger Calvins, die sein Denken aktualisierten und der neuen Situation anpassten. Eine Reihe grundlegender westlicher Auffassungen von Religion und politischen Rechten, sozialem und konfessionellem Pluralismus, Föderalismus und Gesellschaftsvertrag haben im frühmodernen Calvinismus ihren Ursprung.