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Religion and Innovation: Antagonists or Partners?

December 17, 2015

This volume, edited by Donald A. Yerxa, contends that although skeptics often assume that religion is a "backward-looking servant of tradition," recent scholarship by leading historians, archaeologists, and social scientists has pointed to the opposite conclusion: that religion has contributed to significant changes in human affairs. Indeed, religious communities and individuals have stimulated innovation in politics, the sciences, economics, and fine arts. The book includes two contributors from Georgetown University. Timothy Shah, associate director of the Religious Freedom Project, has a chapter covering "The First Enlightenment: The Patristic Roots of Religious Freedom." RFP Associate Scholar Rebecca Shah's chapter covers "Religious Innovation and Economic Empowerment in India: An Empirical Exploration."

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