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Beyond the CongregationThe World of Christian Nonprofits$
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Christopher P. Scheitle

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199733521

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733521.001.0001

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From Religious Societies to Public Charities

From Religious Societies to Public Charities

A Parachurch History

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(p.19) 2 From Religious Societies to Public Charities
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Beyond the Congregation
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Christopher P. Scheitle (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733521.003.0002

This chapter argues that Christian nonprofits are not the first examples of parachurch organizations in the United States. The history of parachurch organizations is traced from 19th-century religious societies to contemporary 501(c)(3) public charities. It is argued that the decline of Bible, tract, Sunday School, and moral societies is at least partly due to the rise of denominational agencies. The rise of contemporary Christian nonprofits is, in turn, due to significant changes in denominational boundaries and identities.

Keywords:   religious societies, tract, sunday school, denominational agencies, charities, nonprofits, Christian

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