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Author Smith, Christian, 1960-
Title Passing the plate : why American Christians don't give away more money / Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson, with Patricia Snell.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Book Jacket
 Main Collection  BV772 .S611 2008    AVAILABLE


Call # BV772 .S611 2008
Phys. Description viii, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-270).
Contents Introduction: The riddle of stingy Christian giving -- Giving to change the world -- Failed generosity -- Toward explaining ungenerous giving -- The view from pulpits and pews -- A mental experiment in raised expectations -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Christian church teachings on financial giving -- Appendix B: Data sources used in analyses -- Appendix C: Multivariate regressions on charitable giving.
Summary Passing the Plate shows that few American Christians donate generously to religious and charitable causes -- a parsimony that seriously undermines the work of churches and ministries. Far from the 10 percent of one's income that tithing requires, American Christians' financial giving typically amounts, by some measures, to less than one percent of annual earnings. And a startling one out of five self-identified Christians gives nothing at all. This eye-opening book explores the reasons behind such ungenerous giving, the potential world-changing benefits of greater financial giving, and what can be done to improve matters. - Publisher.
Local Note J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice request
Subject Christian giving.
Christians -- United States.
Alt Author Emerson, Michael O., 1965-
Snell, Patricia, 1978-
ISBN 9780195337112 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0195337115 (alk. paper)