Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Passing the PlateWhy American Christians Don't Give Away More Money$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 October 2020

Giving to Change the World

Giving to Change the World

(p.11) Chapter 1 Giving to Change the World
Passing the Plate

Christian Smith (Contributor Webpage)

Michael O. Emerson (Contributor Webpage)

Patricia Snell (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on how American Christians can make a difference through generous financial giving. It is estimated that if committed Christians in the United States gave ten percent of their after-tax income — fully but no more than ten percent — that would provide an extra $46 billion per year of resources with which to fund needs and priorities such as churches, organizations, ministries, programs, and global development and relief. If the extra money of the minority who is willing and able to give more than ten percent of their income is added to the faithful ten percent given by ninety percent of committed Christians, there would be an additional $34.6 billion in giving by committed American Christians each year.

Keywords:   American Christians, donations, financial giving, ministries, global development

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .