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Christianity and Social Service in Modern Britain
The Disinherited Spirit
from the post office clerk. Against the background of the welfare state and the collapse of church membership, the very idea of Christian social reform has a quaint, Victorian air about it.
In this elegantly written study of shifting British values, Frank Prochaska examines the importance of Christianity as an inspiration for political and social behaviour in the nineteenth century and the forces that undermined both religion and philanthropy in the twentieth. The waning of religion and the growth of government responsibility for social provision were closely intertwined. Prochaska shows how the creation of the modern British state undermined religious belief and customs of
associational citizenship. In unravelling some of the complexities in the evolving relationship between voluntarism and the state, the book presents a challenging new interpretation of Christian decline and democratic traditions in Britain. - ;Frank Prochaska has made an impressive contribution to late modern British history - Andrew Chandler, Journal of Ecclesiastical History;A thoroughly enjoyable book: a highly informative history and a refreshing polemic. - Terry Philpot, The Tablet;This is a well written book. Any future studies on the decline of Christianity in modern Britain should include Prochaska's argument. - Andreas Whittam Smith, The Church Times;The issues raised here could not be more important to the future of British democracy ... Each part of this thrilling analysis should disturb the dreary complacency now engulfing the debate on the future of British democracy. - Frank Field, The Spectator;...A very welcome interpretive study... - Jeremy Black, The Social Affairs Unit
229 pages; ISBN 9780191537066
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