Religious Giving

Religious Giving : For Love of God

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253221889
  • 9780253221889
  • 1,464,964

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"Each of the essays is insightful and informative on its own merits, and they stand up quite well as a whole.... I know of no comparable book with this focus that travels the same ground and offers the same kinds of insights." -William J. Jackson, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolisshow more

About David H. Smith

David H. Smith is Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. Among his books are Entrusted: The Moral Responsibilities of Trusteeship (IUP, 1995), Early Warning (IUP, 1998), and Good Intentions (IUP, 2005).show more

Table of contents

ContentsPreface1. Dispelling Common Beliefs about Giving to Religious Institutions in the United States Patrick M. Rooney2. Giving in the Way of God: Muslim Philanthropy in the United States Shariq Siddiqui3. Jewish Giving by Doing: Tikkun Ha-Olam Judith Lynn Failer4. What Does God Require of Us? Byron C. Bangert5. "Freely Give": The Paradox of Obligatory Generosity in Christian Thought Sondra Wheeler6. A Catholic Theology of Philanthropy Edward Vacek, S.J.7. Religious Discernment of Philanthropic Decisions in the Age of Affluence Paul G. Schervish8. Consumer Debt and Christian Money Management: Messages from the Large U.S. Denominations Paula R. Dempsey9. Paging Dr. Shylock! Jewish Hospitals and the Prudent Reinvestment of Jewish Philanthropy Robert A. Katz10. One Man's Extrapolations: Conclusions after Two Years of Listening David H. SmithContributorsIndexshow more

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