While bonding social capital is arguably the more natural result of religious membership and adherence there is also evidence that religious institutions are able to build bridging social capital. Summary while robert putnams bowling alone 2000 highlighted the notion of volunteerism little attention has been paid to religions role in generating social capital an ironic omission since religion constitutes the most common form of voluntary association in america today featuring essays by prominent social scientists this is the first . Religion as social capital producing the common good religion as social capital while robert putnams bowling alone 2000 highlighted the notion of volunteerism little attention has been. This volume is a valuable contribution to ongoing discussion about religions place in civil society and its role in fostering social capital these authors take religion seriously without romanticizing its potential or obscuring its limits they challenge all of us concerned with the health of american democracy to do the same
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