Interesting read on faith, Christianity, charity and the roll it played in the current economic crisis... http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200912/rosin-prosperity-gospel "Americas mainstream religious denominations used to teach the faithful that they would be rewarded in the afterlife. But over the past generation, a different strain of Christian faith has proliferatedone that promises to make believers rich in the here and now. Known as the prosperity gospel, and claiming tens of millions of adherents, it fosters risk-taking and intense material optimism. It pumped air into the housing bubble. And one year into the worst downturn since the Depression, its still going strong."