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Passing the plate : why American Christians don't give away more money

Author: Christian Smith; Michael O Emerson; Patricia Snell
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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'Passing the Plate' shows that few American Christians donate generously to religious and charitable causes - a parsimony that seriously undermines the work of churches and ministries. This book explores the reasons behind such ungenerous giving.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Smith, Christian, 1960-
Passing the plate.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
(DLC) 2008019801
(OCoLC)213301879
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Smith; Michael O Emerson; Patricia Snell
ISBN: 9780199714117 0199714118 9780195337112 0195337115
OCLC Number: 268648198
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 270 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: The riddle of stingy Christian giving --
Giving to change the world --
Failed generosity --
Toward explaining ungenerous giving --
The view from pulpits and pews --
A mental experiment in raised expectations --
Conclusion --
Appendix A: Christian church teachings --
Appendix B: Data sources used in analyses --
Appendix C: Multivariate regressions on charitable giving.
Responsibility: Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson, with Patricia Snell.

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'Passing the Plate' shows that few American Christians donate generously to religious and charitable causes - a parsimony that seriously undermines the work of churches and ministries. This book explores the reasons behind such ungenerous giving.

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