Faith-based policy : a litmus test for understanding contemporary America / John Chandler.

Chandler, John, 1954 May 16-
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, 2014.
1 online resource (149 p.)

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Faith-based human services -- Political aspects -- United States.
Human services -- Government policy -- United States.
Church and state -- United States.
Religion and politics -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-.
White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (U.S.).
United States. White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946 -- -Political and social views.
Obama, Barack -- Political and social views.
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"In 2001, George W. Bush created the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The driving force behind the policy was to create a "level playing field" where faith-based organizations could compete on an equal footing with secular organizations for government funding of social aid programs. Given, on the one hand, the continuation of faith-based policy under Barack Obama and, on the other, the continued support by the vast majority of the American people for some form of such policy, the need has emerged to clearly understand what this policy is and the issues that it raises. Why? First, because the policy reveals new paradigms that explode traditional political and religious designations such as conservative-liberal or evangelical-progressive. Secondly, it is a policy which is setting precedents that with time will only become more entrenched in the institutional fabric of American government and the values of the culture. Finally, it does not seem to be a policy that is likely to just go away. And if it won't go away, then, how should responsible policy be conducted? While John Chandler's Faith-Based Policy: A Litmus Test for Understanding Contemporary America responds to this need to understand, it also acknowledges that there is already a substantial amount of documentation available, which, taken together, provides a comprehensive, though sometimes biased, picture of faith-based policy. This book contributes a relatively brief, impartial analysis that draws on and synthesizes the available information. More specifically, in order to dissipate the confusion surrounding the perceptions that many have had concerning the intention and meaning of the policy, this book provides insight into: 1) the theological visions of the faith-based actors behind the policy; 2) how these actors have tried to apply these visions as the program has evolved in the 2000s; 3) the divisiveness and debate that has characterized the faith-based experiment, and; 4) how all of the above may be held up for contemplation by the reader as a mirror of developing American culture." -- Publisher's website
The need to know
Finding an instrument of the spirit : European roots
The roots take hold in the United States
The context for growth in the new millennium
From theory to application : conflicting signals
Theory in application : conflicting use of the instruments
New theory : Obama and lessons from life
New theory : Obama, Niebuhr and liberals
Theory in application : a new partnership with Americans?
Obama, faith-based policy, and "the center."
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.