Faith, voluntary action and social policy

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Lukka, Priya; Locke, Michael
Date of publication
1 December 2000
Voluntary Action. Vol. 3; Number 1
Volunteering, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This article focuses on the relationship between faith and volunteering. After a review of the existing literature, it speculates on how far altruism is internally generated and how far it is fostered by membership of religious bodies. The relationship between faith communities and the wider community is examined, as is the phenomenon of the decline in Christianity in the West and the rise of other religions. The role of faith groups in delivering social welfare services and creating social capital is discussed, and the article concludes with some suggestions for future research.

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