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Ambiguous Embrace : Government and Faith-Based Schools and Social Agencies

Ambiguous Embrace : Government and Faith-Based Schools and Social Agencies - 00 edition

Ambiguous Embrace : Government and Faith-Based Schools and Social Agencies - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9781400802852

ISBN10: 1400802857

Ambiguous Embrace : Government and Faith-Based Schools and Social Agencies by Charles L. Glenn - ISBN 9781400802852
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: California-Princeton Fulfillment Services
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Ambiguous Embrace : Government and Faith-Based Schools and Social Agencies by Charles L. Glenn - ISBN 9781400802852

ISBN13: 9781400802852

ISBN10: 1400802857

Edition: 00
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Summary

This is a time of far-reaching change and debate in American education and social policy, spurred in part by a rediscovery that civil-society institutions are often better than government at meeting human needs. As Charles Glenn shows in this book, faith-based schools and social agencies have been particularly effective, especially in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. However, many oppose providing public funds for religious institutions, either on the grounds that it would threaten the constitutional separation of church and state or from concern it might dilute or secularize the distinctive character of the institutions themselves. Glenn tackles these arguments head on. He builds a uniquely comprehensive and persuasive case for faith-based organizations playing a far more active role in American schools and social agencies. And, most importantly, he shows that they could do so both while receiving public funds and while striking a workable balance between accountability and autonomy. This is a major contribution to one of the most important topics in political and social debate today.