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Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money

Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell


This book 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 ten 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 book explores the reasons behind such ungenerous giving, the potential world-changing benefits of greater financial giving, and what can be done to improve ... More

Keywords: donations, charity, financial giving, world missions, mass-consumerist culture, generous giving

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195337112
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Smith, author
Notre Dame University Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Society
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Michael O. Emerson, author
Rice University
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Patricia Snell, author
University of Notre Dame
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