Pluralism and Freedom

Faith-Based Organizations in a Democratic Society

by: Stephen V. Monsma

Pluralism and Freedom
Author: Stephen V. Monsma

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Publication date: 09 December 2011

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ISBN: 1442214309 ISBN 13: 9781442214309

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Faith-based organizations play a major role in providing a host of health, educational, and social services to the public. Nearly all these efforts, however, have been accompanied by intense debate and numerous legal challenges. The right of faith-based organizations to hire based on religion, the presence of religious symbols and icons in rooms where government-subsidized services are provided, and the enforcement of gay civil rights to which some faith-based organizations object all continue to be subjects of intense debate and numerous court cases. In Pluralism and Freedom, Stephen V. Monsma explores the question of how much autonomy should faith-based organizations retain when they enter the public realm? He contends that pluralism and freedom demand their religious freedom be respected, but that freedom of all religious traditions and of the general public and secular groups be equally respected, ideals that neither the left nor the right live up to. In response, Monsma argues that democratic pluralism requires a genuine, authentic-but also a limited-autonomy for faith-based organizations providing public services, and offers practical, concrete public policy applications of this framework in practice. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

City: Lanham, MD

Pages: 238

More info: height 240 mm width 162 mm weight 508 gr thickness 21 mm

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Age recommended: Professional and scholarly

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC21) 361.750973 Library of Congress Subject: United States - Social policy

Departments: Political science & theory;

Record updated at: 24 June, 2014 time: 13:20

Summary Pluralism and Freedom Preface Chapter 1: The Issue that Will Not Go Away Diversity, Pluralism, and Autonomy Two Sets of Questions A Conflict of Theoretical Concepts The Plan of the Book Chapter 2: Faith-Based Organizations and the Network of Human Services Faith-Based Organizations in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector International Emergency Relief and Long-Term Development Faith-Based Organizations in International Relief and Development The Added Value of Faith-Based and Other Nongovernmental Organizations. The Role of Faith in Faith-Based Organizations. Adoption and Foster Care Services Faith-Based Organizations in Adoption and Foster Care Services The Added Value of Faith-Based Organizations. The Role of Faith in Faith-Based Organizations. The Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI) Faith-Based Organizations in the MPRI. The Added Value of Faith-Based Organizations The Role of Faith in Faith-Based Organizations. Conclusions Chapter 3: The Seedbeds of Attitudes towards Faith-Based Organizations The Liberal Enlightenment, the Founding Era, and the Young Nation The Eighteenth Century Enlightenment in Europe The Eighteenth Century Enlightenment and the American Founders Religion in the Founding Era and the Young Nation The Legacy of the Founding Era and the Young Nation The Supreme Court, Church-State Relations, and Faith-Based Organizations The Strict Separation, No-Aid-to-Religion Standard The Equal Treatment, Neutrality Standard The Accommodationist Standard The Continuing Strength of the Strict Separation, No-Aid-to-Religion Standard The Inadequacy of the Strict Separation, No-Aid-to-Religion Standard The Supreme Court and Freedom of Association Summary Nondiscrimination Measures and Faith-Based Organizations The 1960s Nondiscrimination Civil Rights Laws The Legacy of Nondiscrimination Laws Conclusions Chapter 4: The Partisan-Political Landscape Today Faith-Based Organizations and the Left The Left's Mindset towards Faith-Based Organizations in the Public Realm Applications of the Left's Mindset towards Faith-Based Organizations in the Public Realm Faith-Based Organizations and the Right The Right's Mindset towards Faith-Based Organizations in the Public Realm Applications of the Right's Mindset towards Faith-Based Organizations in the Public Realm Chapter 5: Structural Pluralism in Christian Democratic Thought Religious Freedom in the Context of Church-State Separation Structural Pluralism and Christian Democracy Origins in Nineteenth Century Events and Political Currents Personalism The Pluralism of Structural Pluralism Subsidiarity in Roman Catholic Social Thought. Sphere Sovereignty in Dutch neo-Calvinist Thought. Common Ground between Catholics and Protestants: Contemporary Structural Pluralism Structural Pluralism and the American Polity. Chapter 6: Faith-Based Organizations a Pluralistic Public Square: Applications Three Basic Perspectives A Respect for Religion and Its Role in the Public Policy World Faith-Based Organizations Possess Religious Freedom and Autonomy Rights Substantive Religious Neutrality as the Key to Freedom of Religion Specific Issues: Government Funds and Religious Hiring Rights Structural Pluralism's Answer Objections to the Structural Pluralist Position Specific Issues: Religious Elements in Government Subsidized Services Structural Pluralism's Answer Objections to the Structural Pluralist Position Specific Issues: Nondiscrimination and Hiring and Membership Standards Structural Pluralism's Answer Objections to the Structural Pluralist Position Specific Issues: Requiring Faith-Based Organizations to Provide Services They Find Religiously Objectionable Structural Pluralism's Answer Objections to the Structural Pluralist Position Bibliography Top page

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