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Rendering unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America

Rendering unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America

by Anthony Gill
     
 

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Nowhere has the relationship between state and church been more volatile in recent decades than in Latin America. Anthony Gill's controversial book not only explains why Catholic leaders in some countries came to oppose dictatorial rule but, equally important, why many did not. Using historical and statistical evidence from twelve countries, Gill for the first time

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Nowhere has the relationship between state and church been more volatile in recent decades than in Latin America. Anthony Gill's controversial book not only explains why Catholic leaders in some countries came to oppose dictatorial rule but, equally important, why many did not. Using historical and statistical evidence from twelve countries, Gill for the first time uncovers the causal connection between religious competition and the rise of progressive Catholicism. In places where evangelical Protestantism and "spiritist" sects made inroads among poor Catholics, Church leaders championed the rights of the poor and turned against authoritarian regimes to retain parishioners. Where competition was minimal, bishops maintained good relations with military rulers. Applying economic reasoning to an entirely new setting, Rendering unto Caesar offers a new theory of religious competition that dramatically revises our understanding of church-state relations.

Editorial Reviews

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
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Why did some national Catholic episcopacies in Latin America oppose dictatorial rule in the 1960s and 70s, while others did not? Gill (political science, U. of Washington) uses cross-national comparisons, data analysis, and case studies of Argentina and Chile to investigate the Church's official political strategy, and its relations to the government and the poor, from 1930-79. He concludes that Church opposition to authoritarianism was largely a function of competition from religious and political organizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226294056
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
284
File size:
543 KB

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