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Busting the Myth That Christians Are More Generous Than Non-Believers


Society & Culture  (tags: religion, ethics, society, dishonesty, culture, philanthropy, corruption )

Carrie
- 571 days ago - alternet.org
Many religious people believe giving to the church is the be-all and end all of generosity.



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Bill K. (23)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 1:27 pm
i wonder how many mouths could be fed for the cost of maintaining some of those lavish houses of worship
 

Carrie B. (309)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:28 pm
Good point, Bill.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 2:42 pm
Faith is something you have or have not, inside of you-NOT as a show case! That goes for generosity,too.
The old saying "do good and talk about it" IS a myth and wrong!
 

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 5:29 pm

Many of us have spent some time waiting tables, probably while in college. All of us that have can absolutely give testimony to the fact that church groups do expect excellent service for free. After all, they have been in church all morning, isn't that enough proof of their concern for their fellow man?

Just remember when someone waits on you, in a restaurant or a store, they often just reflecting back they way you are treating them.
When you give - give honestly, and don't judge.
 

Lyn Z. (294)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 5:50 pm
T = To, I = Insure, P = Proper/Prompt, S = Service !!!

The "wait" staff, in any establishment should be RESPECTED, especially for the hard, heavy, friendly, long hours, gifts/goods you are purchasing for a specified cost (including taxes) = Not only a 20% TIP, but a kind, loving "Thank you" and sometimes a HUG too.
 

Betsy Bee (1050)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 7:33 pm
Small hearts.
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 8:36 pm
So many myths to debunk--feels like an Arturian feat.
 

John B. (215)
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 11:34 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article by Valerie Tarico. The minimum wage for all employees set at $12.00 should be put in place. To pay wait staff $2.80 an hour and then expect them to make up the difference in tips is ridiculous. Read and noted.
 

TomCat S. (286)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 4:43 am
Let's be careful not to confuse authentic Christians and Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians.
 

Carrie B. (309)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 4:46 am
Very true TC. Many of us consider ourselves Christian, but not of the same ilk as the right wing pseudo-Christians who profess love and care, but show none.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 5:32 am
noted, thanks Carrie
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:38 am
I would like to think that generous people exist in all faiths and non-faiths. :o)
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 8:50 am
No surprise here....Christians are no better than anyone else.
 

Barbara D. (95)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:11 am
Generosity comes from the heart ~ and no religion or lack thereof has any monopoly on it.
 

Melania Padilla (178)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 9:35 am
Jajajaja my only words, thanks
 

Valentina R. (4)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 10:53 am
Most Christians are massive hypocrites. Going to church alone doesn't make a person "good". Respecting all forms of life does.
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 2:54 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 3:46 pm
One of my life's proudest moments was when I was the Girl Scout troop leader of a troop which did waitstaff work as a fundraising event to buy the troop its own tent. Yes, we got the tent,m but that wasn't the pride. My pride was that every one of those girls swore she would never fail to tip waitstaff for the rest of her life. And learning and empathy are what it's all about, aren't they?
 

Winn Adams (191)
Thursday February 7, 2013, 6:41 pm
Being a christian is only a label and I've always thought actions speak louder than words.
 

Julie W. (21)
Friday February 8, 2013, 1:08 am
Visiting Spain many years ago, I was apalled at the poverty of the people and the wealth of the churches. The money came from the poor, who didn't seem to question it.

I think it may have improved since then, but I'll always remember that.

 

Les M. (7)
Friday February 8, 2013, 7:25 am
i don't know if christians, as a whole, are more or less generous. however, being a non-christian, i'm glad to see that at least some people believe we have some redeeming value. i hate the assumption that a non-christian isn't a "good" person. give me a break! i volunteer, donate, and i even have polite manners.
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Friday February 8, 2013, 12:00 pm
But Yeshua gazed at him and He loved him and He said to him: “You have one thing missing: go sell everything that you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven, and take the cross and come after me.” Mark 10:21. The problem is not Christians. It is people who profess to be Christians and do not follow the teachings of Christ. They are the modern-day Pharisees [hypocrites]. "Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees, pretenders, who consume the houses of widows with offerings for your making of long prayers! Because of this you will receive greater judgment." Matthew 23:13 Avoid churches with a well-dressed pastor who drives a new car. Remember, Yeshua [Jesus] owned nothing, not even a place to lay His head. I know real Christians who would literally give you the shirt off their back and the last dime in their pocket. God will sort us all out in the end.
 

Michael M. (58)
Friday February 8, 2013, 12:14 pm
Mitt Mormon, for instance, claimed to give to many charities.
However, if one removes the religious proselytization organizations or the religious self-maintenance cashiers, he and others give to very, very few charities.

If Charity begins at home, then how kind are we toward the animals we must eat at home, ours or theirs?

How kind are we in the home of North America's native animals here?

How charitable are we toward the chances at life of those whom we pave over, for urban/cultural purposes?

Those are the utterly innocent, unable to themselves stop the sterilizing of the great Earth which is a vast concert of all beings, provides all food, from which all things grow without which no life can exist.

Charity is all we can ever have, for without it, none can receive.

Look farther, christians, much, much farther. Look muslims at one of the greatest names of Allah: the Merciful. Look close at the tiniest of beings, at the smallest sprouting life, crawling, swimming, flying, walking life. Have you ignored these, who are subject to your whim?

Why do you not extend your charity to these?

We watch, we see you.

Will you share this great Mother, with us, her other children?

Or are you merely self-centered misers?
 

Val R. (239)
Friday February 8, 2013, 12:27 pm
Don't like to comment on religious articles - but thank you for the info.
 

(16)
Friday February 8, 2013, 12:38 pm
Thanks Carrie... As there is no credible scientific or factually reliable evidence for the existence of god, gods or the supernatural there is no such thing as a "christian'... Therefore, all beig equal, some people are generous, some are not. Waitresses are real and should be treated with more respect than unrealistic people who claim to be "christians"?
 

Jude Hand (59)
Friday February 8, 2013, 1:40 pm
This is one case in which I read comments. But I'll respond to the article itself. As a lover of Jesus, I apologize to those that my fellow Christians have maligned and hurt; it's always distressing to read the stuff. I do tithe. Examples this month include two organizations feeding the hungry in America and out (not Christian organizations), a local ministry that teaches about grace and Christians needing to be authentic, an organization helping survivors of and family of victims of gun abuse travel to DC to speak to Congress, one on one, of their stories and a couple others I can't think of right now. For believers, the emphasis is on God, not us. But we need to remember that people often judge God by looking at us.
 

bob m. (32)
Friday February 8, 2013, 2:35 pm


which nation on earth or group of nations , though they are marginally christian often and under constant assault; GIVE even remotely close in aid and help to people in need worldwide...than the group leaning toward christian heritage ... do you see ANYTHING flowing in aid from muslim countries to even their own in Somalia, Algeria, sudan, Syria, ...maybe a trickle as they foster death and chaos... Do you see Asian (Chinese assistance .???...beyond their scourging of resources and natural life.
?....NO.. Yes.. the American Christian may be seen as copiously materialistic in a land with many vices.. but you err in absolute to by inference suggest as usual ( did you forget your pathetic white hate on purpose today); that The Creator and Father Of Jesus , The Lamb is anything BUT the essence of generosity... in Giving YOU eternal Life in Christ by Grace (undeserved favour).. You bark up the wrong tree .. you can only have a very great fall.... As to tithing/...God knows His own and some give almost all some less.. God still loves them and works in them...How much did you give this month Carrie?... Then ask yourself ...where is boasting??
 

Carrie B. (309)
Friday February 8, 2013, 3:33 pm
Goodness and generosity are not exclusive to any particular group of people ~ religious or non religious.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday February 8, 2013, 3:36 pm
The evening someone from our Catholic church showed up at our front door asking my dad what his income was, my dad was too angry to speak and had to leave the room. Mom politely showed them out. That was back in the 60's. He refused to tithe 10%...although his accounting firm did work for many of the church's local charities. Even children were given little envelopes to put change in and drop in the Sunday basket. When the Vatican has so much artwork and artifacts valued somewhere in the billions, and children are starving worldwide...there's a huge disconnect. One of the many reasons I left decades ago and never looked back.
 

Angelus Silesius (66)
Friday February 8, 2013, 5:16 pm
Christians often view themselves as members of a fraternity and to hell with non-members. But this can often be found among any religious group. Jesus came to heal the sick not the healthy.This is very true in the so=called bible belt, where charity is scarce indeed
 

Dale O. (193)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 6:46 pm
Some obviously don't practice what they preach. Depends on the person involved.
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 10:38 pm
Kind of hard to believe evidence such as this. Other research suggest that American Christians give more to help people in need than anyone, including the U.S. Government. So who is really right?
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 7:56 am
Thanks
 
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