Neither secular nor sectarian

This enlightening book can be read on several levels. It is an account of John DiIulio’s personal odyssey from University of Pennsylvania professor and policy wonk to White House “faith czar.” It highlights and celebrates the many faith-based ministries that serve the nation’s poor and dispossessed. It chronicles the history of government partnerships with religious social service organizations, culminating in the battle over George W. Bush’s faith-based initiative. Finally, it is a meditation on church-state relations by a self-described centrist who believes that America’s unique tradition offers a way to transcend polarizing myths about religion and government.


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