Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

Ted Jelen

Number of Pages



Since George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000 one of his top domestic priorities has been to elevate the role of religion in America. He is attempting to correct a perceived wrong that the federal government has hindered religious group's ability to compete on a level playing field with secular groups in acquiring funds for social service programs. Bush believes that faith-based groups hold the answer for healing society's ills. As a result his administration has set up The White House Office Of Faith-based and Community Initiatives to accomplish the goal of a more faith friendly public square; Theological, political and practical matters influencing the administrations Faith-based initiatives are examined in this thesis. Responses to the initiative from six American churches are analyzed based on two factors: theological teachings and practical institutional matters (staffing, facilities etc.). This ultimately reveals how each church views the reasons for poverty. Ethical issues are considered and the conclusion that the Faith-based Initiative, though well intended, is not a good idea for America.


Administration; Based; Bush; Community; Faith; George W. Bush; Initiatives; Response

Controlled Subject

Political science; Religion; Religion--Philosophy

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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