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

Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195337112
eISBN:
9780199868414
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337112.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


The View from Pulpits and Pews

Patricia Snell

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195337112
eISBN:
9780199868414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337112.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter describes a survey of Christian pastors and church members about money and stewardship in order to understand the thoughts, feelings, experiences, and meanings of American Christians ... More


Conclusion

Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195337112
eISBN:
9780199868414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337112.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This concluding chapter begins with a synthesis of the discussions in the previous chapters. It then offers a set of informed conjectures, based on the findings of the previous chapters, about ... More


Giving to Change the World

Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195337112
eISBN:
9780199868414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337112.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


A Mental Experiment in Raised Expectations

Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195337112
eISBN:
9780199868414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337112.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the results of a focused mental experiment wherein a nationally representative sample of American Christians was asked to ponder their response to the idea of their churches ... More


Introduction: The Riddle of Stingy Christian Giving

Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson, and Patricia Snell

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

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195337112
eISBN:
9780199868414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337112.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

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 ... More


A Picture of American Generosity: Participation in Giving Behaviors

Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather Price

in American Generosity: Who Gives and Why

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780190456498
eISBN:
9780190456528
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456498.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 1 answers the how much question of American generosity and describes participation rates in nine different forms of generous behaviors. Drawing on a wealth of social science literature ... More


Generous and Ungenerous America

Beaster-Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson

in The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199394906
eISBN:
9780199394937
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394906.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The third chapter examines the extent of Americans’ generous practices. The examination of the relationship between generous practices and positive life well-being in the previous chapter now prompts ... More


Giving

Sally K. Gallagher

in Getting to Church: Narratives of Gender and Joining

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190239671
eISBN:
9780190239701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190239671.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 6 takes up a second dimension of congregational culture—giving—and assesses the ways in which joining shapes men’s and women’s involvement both within and beyond their individual ... More


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