Suffering, vice, and justice: Religious imaginaries and welfare agencies in post-war Melbourne
JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS HISTORY | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2007
Faith-based welfare agencies vary considerably, dependent on the nature of their leadership, the inheritance of their services, and the niche that they are assigned by state policy in the mixed economy of welfare. Another dimension of their diversity can derive from the discursive structures of their faith. This article examines the theological inheritances that shaped how three key welfare agencies in post-war Melbourne imagined what they were doing, as they drew on the diversity of teachings about the poor derived from the Catholic, Anglican, and Methodist traditions. © 2007 Association for the Journal of Religious History.