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The Ambiguous Embrace:
Government and Faith-Based Schools and Social Agencies
Charles L. Glenn
With a foreword by Peter L. Berger

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By Peter L. Berger
1. Reaching Out to Civil Society
Challenges to the Welfare State
Bureaucratic Ineffectiveness
Overstepping the State's Appropriate Limits
Government and Education
Administrative Decentralization
Market Strategies
Organizational Flexibility
Controlling Faith-Based Institutions to Death
2. Strings without Money
The Stakes in Government Oversight
Oversight of Faith-Based Schools
Faith-Based Schools That Resist Oversight
The Scope of Government Regulation of Nonpublic Schools
Interlude: Teen Challenge
3. How Close an Embrace?
Three Ways of Understanding Government's Relationship to Religion
Outside the Wall of Separation
Faith-Based Social Services: Where the Wall Is Not So High
Schools: The Unhappy Exception
4. Funding with Government Oversight
How Much Oversight?
Modes of Funding
Grants and Other Subsidies
Shared Space
Asset Sale
Interlude: Neocorporatism in Europe
The Netherlands
5. Professional Norms
Professional Norms and Government
How Professional Norms Developed
Professional Training
Professional Norms and Faith-Based Organizations
6. Employment Decisions
A Tale of Two Cities
The Right to a Shared Vision of Service
Required Qualifications
Interlude: The Salvation Army
By Emily Nielsen Jones, Charles L. Glenn
How Did the Salvation Army Become Different?
The Salvation Army's Self-Understanding
Elements of the Salvation Army's Persistence as a Faith-Based Organization
Threats to the Salvation Army's Distinctive Mission
Resisting the Lure of Popularity
7. Loss - and Recovery - of Nerve
The Importance of Maintaining Distinctiveness
When Sacred and Secular Mix
Being Explicit about Identity
8. Recommendations
1. Should Government Make a Greater Use of Faith-Based Organizations to Provide Social Services and Education?
2. May the United States Government Make a Greater Use of Faith-Based Organizations without Overstepping the Limits Set by the First Amendment?
3. If it Makes a Greater Use of Faith-Based Organizations to Provide Social Services and Education, How Should Government Behave to Avoid Spoiling Their Distinctive Character and Contribution?
4. What Measures Should Government Take to Ensure That Making a Greater Use of Faith-Based Organizations Does Not Lead to Negative Consequences, Such as a Decline in Quality and Availability of Services or an Increase in Discrimination?
5. Should Faith-Based Organizations Seek Government Support for Their Social and Educational Ministries?
6. In Accepting Government Support, How Should Faith-Based Organizations Protect Themselves from Interference with Their Core Mission and Distinctive Character?
7. How Can Faith-Based Organizations Reconcile Professional Norms with the Maintenance and Expression of Their Core Mission and Distinctive Character?

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