Welfare in America: Christian Perspectives on a Policy in Crisis

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Stanley W. Carlson-Thies, James W. Skillen
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1996 - 582 ˹
This is a print on demand book and is therefore non- returnable.

Between 1992 and 1995, the Center for Public Justice, a Christian civic-education and public-policy think tank undertook an extended project named the Welfare Responsibility Inquiry. In May 1994, the project hosted a conference in Washington, DC, on "Public Justice and Welfare Reform." The project involved, at its center, a group of scholars who met periodically to discuss the issues involved. Those scholars then wrote the papers which are collected in Welfare in America.

"Welfare in America," James Skillen writes, "argues that assistance to the needy does not, and should not, come primarily from government. Government, whether at federal or state levels, should help hold people accountable to their various institutional and personal responsibilities rather than fill in for every failure." The range of topics addressed in Welfare in America is extensive. Though no reader will agree with everything here, those whose calling requires them to think through this issue with care will be wise to include Welfare in America in their list of books to be read.

Contributors:
Stanley Carlson-Thies
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Max Stackhouse
Bob Goudzwaard
Mary Ann Glendon
Stephanie Collins
James Skillen
John Mason
Stephen Mott
Lawrence Mead
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen
Paul Marshall
Anne Hallum
Cynthia Neal
Mary Van Hook
John Hiemstra
Charles Glenn
Stephen Monsma
Ronald Sider
Julia Stronks
Clarke Cochran

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Why End Welfare as We Know It?
3
Social Global and Religious Changes That Shape Welfare Reform
20
An Outsiders Contribution to the American Debate on Poverty and Welfare
49
Whats Wrong with Welfare Rights?
81
Limitations for Policy and Program Response
95
II Foundations for a Christian Approach
117
The Question of Being Human in Assessing the Requirements of Welfare Policy Reform
119
Biblical Teaching and the Objectives of Welfare Policy in the United States
145
Developmental Pathways as a Theoretical Framework for Understanding Generational Cycles of Poverty
318
Christian Charity and Social Justice Responses
348
The Social Policy Analysis of the Center for Public Justice1
368
PART IV Toward Lasting Reform
391
Free Schools and the Revival of Urban Communities
393
The Role of Religiously Based Nonprofit Organizations
426
Toward a New Model for ChurchState Partnership
454
Regulation Funding and the First Amendment
480

Foundations of the Welfare Responsibility of the Government
186
The Poverty Debate and Human Nature
209
Opposite Sexes or Neighboring Sexes? The Importance of Gender in the Welfare Responsibility Debate
243
III Social Complexity and Diverse Responsibilites
275
Rights Talk and Welfare Policy
277
Lessons from Guatemala for US Welfare Policy
298
The Place of Health Care Reform in the Welfare Reform Debate
504
Reforming Welfare and Redirecting Government
526
A New Vision for Welfare Reform An Essay in Draft
551
Contributors
580
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˹ 86 - Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
˹ 401 - ... of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. 3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
˹ 195 - He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth...
˹ 506 - Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.
˹ 198 - Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.
˹ 442 - Determining that certain activities are in furtherance of an organization's religious mission, and that only those committed to that mission should conduct them, is thus a means by which a religious community defines itself.
˹ 195 - May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor!

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Stanley W. Carlson-Thies is a Fellow of the Center for Public Justice. He directed the Welfare Responsibility project and is now leading an inquiry into how government hampers and supports religious charities.

James W Skillen is Executive Director of the Center for Public Justice in Washington, D.C.

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