Robert Wood Lynn on Christian Giving in America

Abstract: 
Robert Wood Lynn seeks to expand the conversation about the issue of faith and money by considering why people give in historical and theological contexts. Using the metaphor of a “triptych,” a picture in three compartments side by side, Lynn portrays the motivation behind three successive eras in American Christian giving – the colonial period moved by the notion of “charity,” the 19th century informed by the idea of “systematic benevolence” and more recent times animated by the concept of “stewardship.”
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