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

ISBN-10: 0226293858

ISBN-13: 9780226293851

Edition: 1998

Authors: 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 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.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/3/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Caesar and the Church
A Brief History of Church-State Relations in Latin America
An Economic Model of Church-State Relations
Luther's Shadow: Protestant Competition and the Catholic Response
Chile: A Preferential Option for the Poor
Argentina: Complicity with the Devil
The Institutional Limits of Catholic Progressivism
Postscript
Rationality and Religion
Notes
References
Index
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