Free to Serve: Protecting the Religious Freedom of Faith-Based Organizations
:What do Hobby Lobby, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Wheaton College, World Vision, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the University of Notre Dame have in common? All are faith-based organizations that have faced pressure to act contrary to their religious...
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:What do Hobby Lobby, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Wheaton College, World Vision, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the University of Notre Dame have in common? All are faith-based organizations that have faced pressure to act contrary to their religious beliefs. In this book, two policy experts show how faith-based groups--those active in the educational, healthcare, international aid and development, and social service fields--can defend their ability to follow their religiously based beliefs without having to jettison the very faith and faith-based practices that led them to provide services to those in need. They present a pluralist vision for religious freedom for faith-based organizations of all religious traditions. The book includes case studies that document the challenges faith-based organizations face to freely follow the practices of their religious traditions and analyzes these threats as originating in a common, yet erroneous, set of assumptions and attitudes prevalent in American society. Helpful perspectives from experts representing various faith traditions are also interspersed throughout the book.
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.
Steve V. Monsma (PhD, Michigan State University) is a senior research fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College and professor emeritus of political science at Pepperdine University. He has published widely in the fields of church-state relations and faith-based nonprofit organizations with such books as Healing for a Broken World: Christian Perspectives on Public Policy, (With J. Christopher Soper) Faith, Hope and Jobs: Welfare-to-Work in Los Angeles, Church-State Relations in Crisis: Debating Neutrality (with J. Christopher Soper, eds.) Equal Treatment of Religion in a Pluralistic Society and The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Democracies. -Editorial Review.
- :<b>contents<br></b>1. A Vision For Our Nation<br>2. When Religious Organizations Are Said Not To Be Religious<br><i>interlude 1: The Wrong Kind Of Christian By Tish Harrison Warren&<br></i>3. When Laws And Religious Convictions Clash<br>4. Can A For-profit Business Have A Religious Conscience?<br><i>interlude 2: Religious Liberty Is Who We Are By Kristina Arriaga De Buchholz</i><br>5. Common Threads<br>6. Free To Serve: Living With Our Differences<br><i>interlude 3: Will Pluralism Survive The Death Of Relativism? By Kim Colby</i><br>7. Free To Serve: Faith-based Organizations In The Public Realm<br>8. Five Questions<br>9. Religious Freedom Supports The Common Good: Three Non-christian Voices<br>10. How Faith-based Organizations Can Protect Their Religious Freedom<br>selected Resources<br>index