Lecturer: Dr Mark Koyama
- Chair: Professor Greg Clark, Department of Economics, UC Davies
- Date: 20 March 2018
- Venue and time: CLM 6.02, 6pm
The Lecture: Persecution & Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom
Today, Western societies are closely associated with the principles of liberty and freedom. However, in the medieval and early modern period, European societies were committed to an opposing ideal of religious conformity. European societies engaged in more intensive religious persecutions than did most non-western societies. This raises a puzzle: why did liberal ideas of religious freedom emerge in Europe rather than in other parts of the world? Resolving this puzzle sheds new light on the origins of political and religious freedom and the rule of law in Europe. This book seeks to understand how this commitment to religious freedom came about and what its consequences were. We provide an institutional account of the demise of a system based on identity rules and conditional toleration and its replacement by modern states which governed through general rules.
About Mark Koyama
Mark Koyama is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution for 2017-2018. He received his PhD in Economics at the University of Oxford. Previously he has held positions at the University of York and Brown University. Together with Noel Johnson (GMU) he has just completed a book manuscript on the origins of religious freedom. This book, entitled Persecution & Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom, is under contract with Cambridge University Press and due to come out in late 2018 or early 2019.
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