Saving America? Faith-Based Services and the Future of Civil Society

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Contents
List of Tablesix
Prefacexiii
1.Why “Faith-Based”? Why Now?1
Bringing Evidence to Bear5
Beyond the Modernization Story9
The Faith-Based Services Debate12
Religion as an Embedded Practice17
A Civil Society?22
2.Congregation-Based Social Services25
Formal Sponsorship of Service Programs28
Members' Awareness of Service Programs42
Congregations' Financial Contribution46
Which Congregations Do More?52
How Service Programs Are Organized57
Conclusions and Unanswered Questions61
3.Congregations as Caring Communities64
Emphasizing the Value of Caring66
Congregations as Civic Space70
Caring in Small Groups74
Congregations as Sources of Social Capital79
Gregariousness84
Congregations as Sources of Influential Friends89

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables ix
  • Preface xiii
  • 1: Why “faith-Based”? Why Now? 1
  • 2: Congregation-Based Social Services 25
  • 3: Congregations as Caring Communities 64
  • 4: Religion and Volunteering 99
  • 5: Faith-Based Service Organizations 138
  • 6: The Recipients of Social Services 176
  • 7: Promoting Social Trust 217
  • 8: Experiencing Unlimited Love? 256
  • 9: Public Policy and Civil Society 286
  • Methodological Note 311
  • Notes 315
  • Select Bibliography 333
  • Index 349
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