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Christianity and Social Service in Modern BritainThe Disinherited Spirit$
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Frank Prochaska

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199539796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539796.001.0001

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Christianity and Social Service in Modern Britain
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539796.003.0006

This chapter discusses the relationship between government and the people in the twentieth century, and its deleterious effects on Christianity, charity, and civic democracy. The shift from voluntary to state social provision was significant not only for politics and social policy, but also for religion. Parochial charities linked church members, especially women, to churches or congregations. With the creation of the welfare state, which had the blessing of leading churchmen, these institutions lost their social purpose, which contributed to Christian decline. As Christian conviction waned, so too did traditions of charitable ministration and voluntary social service, which in the past had been crucial to the growth of participatory democracy.

Keywords:   Christian decline, charity, civic democracy, voluntarism, social policy, Church of England, women

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