Religious Giving

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-16
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Religious Giving considers the connection between religion and giving within the Abrahamic traditions. Each contributor begins with the assumption that there is something inherently right or natural about the connection. But what exactly is it? To whom should we give, how much should we give, what is the relationship between our giving and our relationship to God? Writing for the introspective donor, congregational leader, or student interested in ways of meeting human needs, the authors focus on the philosophical or theological dimensions of giving. The contributors' goal is not to report on institutional practices, but to provide thoughtful, constructive guidance to the reader -- informed by a critical understanding of the religious traditions under review.

Author Biography

David H. Smith is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University and Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington where he was also Adjunct Professor of both Medicine and Philanthropic Studies and Director of the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. He is author of Entrusted: The Moral Responsibilities of Trustees (IUP, 1995), Early Warning (IUP, 1998), and Good Intentions (IUP, 2005).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Dispelling Common Beliefs about Giving to Religious Institutions in the United Statesp. 1
Giving in the Way of God: Muslim Philanthropy in the United Statesp. 28
Jewish Giving by Doing: Tikkun Ha-Olamp. 49
What Does God Require of Us?p. 65
"Freely Give": The Paradox of Obligatory Generosity in Christian Thoughtp. 85
A Catholic Theology of Philanthropyp. 99
Religious Discernment of Philanthropic Decisions in the Age of Affluencep. 125
Consumer Debt and Christian Money Management: Messages from the Large U.S. Denominationsp. 147
Paging Dr. Shylock! Jewish Hospitals and the Prudent Reinvestment of Jewish Philanthropyp. 162
One Man's Extrapolations: Conclusions after Two Years of Listeningp. 185
List of Contributorsp. 195
Indexp. 197
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