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VII. CHARITY WHICH MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

VII. CHARITY WHICH MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

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Why are faith-based charities different? And why does it matter? These questions are at the heart of Words in Action, a project from the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics & Public Life. 

Volumes 6 and 7 in The Institute Series start looking for answers.

Does Christian charitable activity only generate ‘social capital’, or does it point to an alternative social and political domain, beyond the limitations of party concerns or sectional interests? James Hanvey draws on Catholic theological insights to argue that the work of charity opens new opportunities to realise what is human and creates a new quality of public space. 

Modern France builds laïcité into its constitution and cultural life. Considering the place of Christian charitable activity in French society, Pierre Martinot Lagarde traces its shift from meeting objective need to ‘recognition’ and accompaniment of those at the margins, and probes what that might mean, both for Christians and for society. 

The Authors: 

Dr James Hanvey SJ is a former Director of the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics & Public Life 

Dr Pierre Martinot Lagarde SJ is Director of CERAS (Centre de recherche et d’action sociales), La Plaine Saint Denis, France

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