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In June of this year, I spent two weeks at Boston University's Summer Seminar on World Religions. The host of this event was the renowned sociologist of religion, Peter Berger. While there, I had the opportunity to spend an hour alone with Dr. Berger. We focused on one primary question. I asked, "Milton Friedman always argued that economic liberty leads to political liberty. Does religious liberty have anything to do with these others?" He thought that this was a good question and said that, as yet, there had been no empirical study attempting to link these things. He did note, however, if what Friedman said was true, then how do you explain the situation in China? China is having considerable economic growth, yet political liberty appears nowhere on the horizon. (1) In contrast to Friedman, Daron Acemoglu argues that political liberty, or rather democracy, leads to economic liberty and growth. (2) Like Friedman, Acemoglu does not consider the effect of religious liberty on economics and politics. Such is often the case among those interested in political economy. However, I believe that Acemoglu has an incomplete picture and that these issues must be explored.