Religion in Development: Look for the whole picture

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“FBOs [faith-based organizations] are not mere civil society or non-governmental organizations which happen to draw their inspiration from religious teachings instead of some form of humanistic philosophy… The ‘spiritual’ and ‘temporal’ activities are deeply intertwined. Moreover, the distinction between ‘faith-based’ and ‘secular’ is often not straightforward… A consequence of this for development theory and practice is that each religion needs to be studied in its entirety.”

Séverine Deneulin with Masooda Bano, Religion in Development: Rewriting the Secular Script (London: Zed Books, 2009), p. 5.

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