As this is an investing forum, I am interested in people's thoughts regarding tithing. Do you give 10 percent of your income (whether net or gross) to your church, temple, or perhaps a charity? Do you believe in giving back this way? I believe that some religions call it giving alms. But traditionally, it is 10 percent. I understand in ancient agricultural societies, tithing makes sense for preserving the communities as a whole. If you bring 10 percent of your harvest to the community "storehouse" (which realistically would have been the temple), it's a good way to save up for time of famine and in need. It made sense from an anthropological standpoint. But in this day and age, a lot of church denominations believe that tithing is a direct mandate from God. I have a friend who is against tithing because they feel it was only a practice in BCE for the agricultural purposes above (in pre-Roman times). They feel that it only came back into practices in the Middle Ages so that kings and the Church could have a religious excuse to tax people an extra 10 percent during feudalism. And they feel that the only reason churches push it these days is that it's a great way to make a lot of money quickly. Who's to say that money isn't just lining the preacher's pockets. What do you feel about tithing to give back? If you're going to give 10 percent (which is actually a lot), would you give it to a charity or orphanage instead?