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Passing the PlateWhy American Christians Don't Give Away More Money$
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Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337112

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337112.001.0001

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Introduction: The Riddle of Stingy Christian Giving

Introduction: The Riddle of Stingy Christian Giving

(p.3) INTRODUCTION: The Riddle of Stingy Christian Giving
Passing the Plate

Christian Smith (Contributor Webpage)

Michael O. Emerson (Contributor Webpage)

Patricia Snell (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the primary goal of this book, which is to better understand and explain American Christians' lack of generosity, from a sociological perspective. It then assesses the claim that people, including Christians, are often selfish and greedy. The chapter then explains how the approach it used to measure the amount of money American Christians give to their churches and charities.

Keywords:   American Christians, donation, financial giving, generosity, tithe

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