A reader offers a succinct rebuttal to Peter Singer:

Peter Singer makes a point, but it is not Jesus' point. Singer uses the word charity, but he really means philanthropy. Charity arises from love; philanthropy can arises from any number of motives. Singer is concerned about the effect on those who receive, Jesus was talking about the effect on those who give. Singer the social activist is quite right not to care about the motives of the giver; he's only concerned about the money and the good it can do. Jesus the spiritual master, on the other hand, was only concerned about motive, not about effect but about cause, how a gift given out of love can change the human heart. Singer cares about the masses of those in need; Jesus only cared -- cares -- about you.

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