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David Martin...[L]ively and innovative...a cross-national study of the distribution of Catholic political rdiclism based on "rational choice" theory.
—Books & Culture: A Christian Review
|1||Introduction: Caesar and the Church||1|
|2||A Brief History of Church-State Relations in Latin America||17|
|3||An Economic Model of Church-State Relations||47|
|4||Luther's Shadow: Protestant Competition and the Catholic Response||79|
|5||Chile: A Preferential Option for the Poor||121|
|6||Argentina: Complicity with the Devil||149|
|7||The Institutional Limits of Catholic Progressivism||172|
|App.: Rationality and Religion||193|
Posted October 30, 2000
As an undergraduate student, I am often put off by books filled with lots of esoteric jargon. My sociology of religion class was filled with these kinds of readings. But Gill's book was written in a very accessible language and was a delight to read. Even though his 'economic' model is supposedly complex, I found it very easy to understand and compelling. This was my favorite book of the class and the most eye-opening. I never thought of religion from an economic perspective.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.