Safeguarding the dignity of my poor brothers and sisters: A reflection of Hong Kong Christian churches’ financial assistance

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Abstract

With the emergence of welfare state and the dominance of Marxism, free market philosophy and citizenship on welfare analysis, Christian welfare ideology seems to play a minimal role in the contemporary welfare system. For example, the church as the conscience of the UK and the guardian of the UK’s conscience is “vague and seldom particularly convincing.” Two questions raised from this phenomenon are whether Christian welfare ideologies are inferior to that of other social theories on our understanding of the dynamics and practice of human welfare and whether the welfare practices of Christian churches are no longer effective on improving the quality of human life that lead to the decline
of Christian welfare in the modern world. In addition, the differences among Christian churches on their welfare role further weaken the welfare activities of some churches. For example, the New Christian Right in the United States opposed against many social concerns that were viewed by some Christians as essential to social justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-287
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Asian Mission
Volume4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Safeguarding the dignity of my poor brothers and sisters: A reflection of Hong Kong Christian churches’ financial assistance. / CHAN, Chak Kwan.

In: Journal of Asian Mission, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2002, p. 267-287.

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