Faith-Based Welfare

Julian Rivers

in The Law of Organized Religions

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226108
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594243 | DOI:
Faith-Based Welfare

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The provision of welfare was for a long time pre-eminently a religious function. This chapter traces two earlier forms of secularization at the Reformation and in the rise of the welfare state before considering whether current welfare law shows signs of a third form. The survival of religious charitable welfare activity in the second half of the 20th century in a model of ‘welfare pluralism’ is noted before considering the impact of recent equality laws. This is exemplified by the termination of arrangements with Roman Catholic adoption and fostering agencies. As with education, a superficial desire to widen the involvement of faith-based agencies has been combined with a legal environment in which state-religion collaboration is made more difficult.

Keywords: faith-based; welfare; secularization; welfare pluralism; equality; Roman Catholic; adoption

Chapter.  10719 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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