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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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Giving to Change the World

Giving to Change the World

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(p.11) Chapter 1 Giving to Change the World
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Passing the Plate
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Christian Smith (Contributor Webpage)

Michael O. Emerson (Contributor Webpage)

Patricia Snell (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337112.003.0002

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

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