Religion: Churches & Money

During the boom times from 1927 to 1929, the people of the U.S. spent more & more money on amusing themselves, less & less on the things of God. After 1929, like the Devil who a monk would be, the people turned to the churches in increasing numbers. Last week the Federal Council of Churches released figures showing that while the national income decreased 54% from 1929 to 1932 and expenditures for recreation decreased 65%, church giving decreased only 40%. During the period surveyed, Protestant gifts never amounted to more than 1% of the U.S. income. With the national income declining...

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