The Theology of Welfare: Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Conversation about Welfare

The Theology of Welfare: Protestants, Catholics and Jews in Conversation about Welfare

by John G., Jr. West Jr., Sonja E. West
     
 

While government is increasingly turning to faith-based charities in an effort to make America's welfare system more effective, the religious community remains sharply divided over what kind of faith-based welfare programs are best and the extent to which government should even support faith-based initiatives. The Theology of Welfare explores the theological basis

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While government is increasingly turning to faith-based charities in an effort to make America's welfare system more effective, the religious community remains sharply divided over what kind of faith-based welfare programs are best and the extent to which government should even support faith-based initiatives. The Theology of Welfare explores the theological basis for competing visions of welfare in the religious community by bringing together nationally recognized thinkers representing politically diverse strands of thought in Judaism, Catholicism, mainline Protestantism and evangelical Protestantism. The conversations between these important figures in contemporary religious thought form the basis for each of the book's chapters. In contrast to previous works, this book focuses less on the details of policy than on the theological beliefs that give rise to specific welfare proposals. In the process, the contributors clarify how differences in theological tradition are connected to variation in welfare policy. Aimed at promoting an understanding that is critical for successful charity, this work provides refreshing alternatives to materialistic welfare policies that ignore spiritual needs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761815907
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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Table of Contents

chapter 1 Foreword chapter 2 Preface chapter 3 What is Human Nature? chapter 4 What is Evil? chapter 5 What is the Purpose of Government and Civic Life? chapter 6 What Would a Biblical Welfare Program Look Like chapter 7 Questions for Discussion and Study chapter 8 Index chapter 9 About the Contributors

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