Oct 16, 2018
In episode 35, we look at the the relationship between religion, faith and philanthropy. Including:
1) Faith as a factor in individual giving
-Evidence from behavioural science
-The role of places of worship in bring diverse communities together and making people aware of issues
-Religious identity, communities of purpose and giving circles
-Religious obligations to give: tithing, Tzedakah and Zakat
2) Organised religion and the evolution of charity
-1601 Statute of Charitable Uses: why wasn't religion included?
-The 1891 Pemsel Case and the "four heads of charity"
-US religious causes and closed congregations
3) Religion, philanthropy and civil society today
-Is religion still the most popular cause?
-Obligations to fund the monastic life in Myanmar and Thailand
-The deep relationship between international aid and religion
-Places of worship as community focal points and welfare providers
-Is the world getting less religious or more?