"Using engaging historical accounts and compelling theoretical arguments, Anthony Gill reveals that religious liberty is neither a mishap of history nor the inevitable consequence of secular states. Instead, he uncovers the motives and self-interests of politicians, religionists, and many others supporting religious freedoms around the globe and over time. A must read for anyone interested
in the origins of civil liberties."
Roger Finke, Penn State University
"The most important book ever written on religious liberty
is also a delight to read."
Rodney Stark, Baylor University
"Anthony Gill has extended the testing of the rational choice approach to the study of religion, particularly to the behavior of the Catholic Church in South America. This illuminating and satisfying book provides a critically important extension of the theory and shouldn't be missed by anyone involved in the social scientific study of religion." Andrew M. Greeley, University of Chicago.
"Rendering unto Caesar is a path-breaking examination of the politics of religion in Latin America. In it, Anthony Gill looks at the impact of religious competition on Catholic Church participation in movements against authoritarian regimes. This innovative study sets a very high standard for the application of modern social science to the study of religion and politics. " Jeffry Frieden, Harvard University.
The photographs used on the cover of both these books
were taken by Anthony Gill.
Academics work slow, but currently I have several book projects in the works on topics such as the benefits of religious liberty (with Allen Hertzke), why giving gifts is good for the economy (with Michael Thomas), the historical endurance and efficiency of religion, and an exchange theory of social justice. Stay tuned folks!
Below are links to several recent articles and a few of my more highly-cited pieces.
For more articles and book chapters, please consult my curriculum vita.