The Practice of Altruism: Caring and Religion in Global Perspective
Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006 - 209 pages
The study of altruism and altruistic behavior has caught the attention of social scientists especially in recent years. What motivates individuals to cultivate attitudes and actions that promote the wellbeing of others at the expense of, or at the risk of negative consequences for their own?
In our contemporary global society marked by conflict and violence among different sectors of the population in various regions of the world, and wherein religion can be a factor that exacerbates such conflict and violence, harnessing the power of religion towards directions of reconciliation, creativity, and altruistic action, remains a crucial task for humankind.
This volume addresses a question especially relevant in our day: do people who profess religious commitment or affiliation in a particular religious community tend to nurture altruistic kinds of attitude and action more than others? Social scientists present results of their empirical studies on Japanese society, as well as on North American, European, Indian, and Thai societies, to focus on this issue and offer insightful reflections on the relationship between religion and society.
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The Finnish religious environment is interestingly homogenous , 83 per cent of
Finns being members of the Evangelical Lutheran church . Finland has relatively
high levels of private religiosity ( e . g . , private prayer and belief in God ) , yet ...
This premise can be confirmed by the Finnish data as regards church
volunteering : Finland has both low church - going levels and rather low overall
church volunteering . Looking further into the Finnish EVS data indicates that the
The background for this is that in the Nordic context , the Finnish church has a
particularly democratic history , and the established Finnish church oriented itself
rapidly and relatively early towards civil society . Could it be that the atmosphere
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