Civil Society and Religion

Donald E. Miller

in The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195398571
Published online May 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Civil Society and Religion

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This article examines the religion between civil society and religion. It explains that religion plays an important though complicated role in a healthy civil society ecosystem by providing a location for moral debate and the articulation of competing social visions about what is good, right, and compassionate. It suggests that religious institutions also bring many assets to civil society because they have physical space, leadership, volunteers, and material resources and they are able to mobilize people around important social policy issues.

Keywords: civil society; religion; moral debate; social visions; religious institutions; social policy issues

Article.  5615 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Public Administration

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