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Tithing
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The tithe as concept cames from the OLd Testament. When Josue divided the land between the tribes each tribe got their portion, except the Levites, who received only a few cities. Their portion was divided between the others, and the others were required to offer the tithe from every harvest for the upkeep of the Levites.

The system was revived in the Medieval Eves. Upon harvest one tenth of the goods was given to the Church, who in response of that provided the education, administration above the sacramental function. (An other tenth was given to the civil authorities to keep the external and internal order). Above that the local community got one day weekly  work for community purposes.

When the states took over the education / administrative function of the Churches the bulk of the taxation went to them. In Central Europe it was remained (in Germany until recently, in Hungary until WWII) the obligatory Church tax, it was 2% of the gross income. This was the amount what the Church asked from every family even under the Communist system (w/o obligation). This was understood above some stipends (mostly burial and marriage) and the regular (but usually very small) weekly donations.

In the US today protestants report donation data as 2% of the income per family, Catholics as around 1% of the income per  individuals (which is about the same per family, given the average family size around 2.3)

The Church request for 10% (of the after tax income) is very recent, and imho it is justified only for those families, where children are in the parochial school.

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Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-05-2010, 06:20 PM
Re: Tithing - by MagisterMusicae - 01-05-2010, 06:47 PM
Re: Tithing - by DeusVult - 01-05-2010, 06:48 PM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-05-2010, 06:50 PM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-05-2010, 06:53 PM
Re: Tithing - by SCG - 01-05-2010, 06:55 PM
Re: Tithing - by SCG - 01-05-2010, 06:55 PM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-05-2010, 07:00 PM
Re: Tithing - by SLCFranciscan - 01-05-2010, 07:17 PM
Re: Tithing - by SoCalLocal - 01-05-2010, 08:24 PM
Re: Tithing - by matthew_talbot - 01-05-2010, 09:19 PM
Re: Tithing - by Historian - 01-05-2010, 09:57 PM
Re: Tithing - by cgraye - 01-05-2010, 09:59 PM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-05-2010, 10:11 PM
Re: Tithing - by Charity - 01-05-2010, 10:34 PM
Re: Tithing - by HotRod - 01-05-2010, 10:46 PM
Re: Tithing - by MagisterMusicae - 01-06-2010, 12:38 AM
Re: Tithing - by Baskerville - 01-06-2010, 01:00 AM
Re: Tithing - by SoCalLocal - 01-06-2010, 02:25 AM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-06-2010, 08:51 AM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-06-2010, 08:54 AM
Re: Tithing - by glgas - 01-06-2010, 10:48 AM
Re: Tithing - by WhollyRoaminCatholic - 01-06-2010, 11:27 AM
Re: Tithing - by MagisterMusicae - 01-06-2010, 12:16 PM
Re: Tithing - by tradmaverick - 01-06-2010, 07:37 PM
Re: Tithing - by MagisterMusicae - 01-07-2010, 11:43 AM
Re: Tithing - by CanadianCatholic - 01-07-2010, 11:51 AM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-07-2010, 02:51 PM
Re: Tithing - by CanadianCatholic - 01-07-2010, 02:55 PM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-07-2010, 02:56 PM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-07-2010, 02:58 PM
Re: Tithing - by CanadianCatholic - 01-07-2010, 04:02 PM
Re: Tithing - by tradmaverick - 01-07-2010, 08:42 PM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-07-2010, 09:06 PM
Re: Tithing - by MagisterMusicae - 01-07-2010, 09:11 PM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-07-2010, 09:28 PM
Re: Tithing - by Charity - 01-07-2010, 09:53 PM
Re: Tithing - by RalphKramden - 01-07-2010, 10:01 PM



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