Generosity in quotes: Christian Smith and Michael Emerson

“In order to achieve dramatic, world-transforming change, ordinary American Christians simply need to do one thing: start giving reasonably generously from their incomes, let us say 10 percent of post-tax income. Fostering such changes could begin immediately. It would not require getting Congress or the United Nations to act. It would not require a military mobilization or waiting for a majority turnover in the Supreme Court. It would only require ordinary Christians from one country to start doing something that seems entirely within their power and that most of them, according to the teachings of their own faith traditions, ought to already be doing anyway; giving generously from the financial resources with which they have been blessed.”

Christian SmithMichael Emerson




Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Center for Social Research at the University of Notre Dame and Michael Emerson, professor of sociology at Rice University and newly named provost at North Park University (Chicago, IL),  from their book Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money

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