An (Ana)Baptist Theological Perspective on Church-State Cooperation: Evaluating Charitable Choice
RONALD J. SIDER and HEIDI ROLLAND UNRUH
Once upon a time in the late twenty-first century, a largely Hindu society with a long democratic history faced multiple social crises and widespread moral decay. This proud civilization, famous worldwide for its scientific brilliance, religious freedom, economic wealth, and democratic pluralism, faced a growing danger of internal collapse.
Searching everywhere for solutions to escalating social problems, society's intellectual and policy elites discovered that an extensive source of effective programs, offering a wide range of social services such as drug rehabilitation, job placement, and pregnancy prevention for single teenagers, had long been overlooked. Quietly, for centuries, deeply religious programs had been meeting the most critical needs of their communities. Although they lacked the substantial resources of governmentfunded programs, many of these religious programs effectively combined substantial, explicit religious programming with the best current techniques and insights from the medical and social sciences. The researchers uncovered growing evidence that the