ANYWAY in the course of this discussion I was about to explain to him that without religion, a lot of soup kitchens and homeless shelters would cease to exist, because most people who give a significant amount of their income to charities do this for religious reasons. But I have nothing to back this lovely theory of mine up. Speaking personally, it's a pretty safe bet that if I wasn't a christian, I would not be writing monthly checks to, well, my church. But there are other charities I support, mainly for human rights, that I probably would still support. But I don't give as much to those. But I don't know why. And I might be weird. I will say this: my goal is to donate 10% of my income to my church and other charities, and that 10% figure comes directly from my religion. If it wasn't for that, I'd be giving a lot less, because 10% is a LOT of money. I'm not there yet. But at least I'm trying... I have a goal, and it was set by God for ancient Jews, and I'm not a Jew but I still think it's a noble goal so that's why I'm working on it.
So the only scientific way to figure out how the world really works is with a livejournal poll. If it happens in a livejournal poll, it must be true. My theory: lots of people give, but the people who give a lot are religious. I'd be lying if I said I'd never met a generous atheist... when it comes to political causes, they're often MUCH more generous. But when it comes to sacrificing hundreds of dollars on a regular basis, I think people need a little prompting from God
When it comes to charities... (check all that apply)
What causes do you support the most with your time/money?
If you donate a significant amount (more than 5%) of your income, what's the biggest reason for that?