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 LEAST OF MY BRETHREN : KAMAGASAKI ECUMENICAL NETWORK
CHRISTIAN MORIMOTO HERMANSEN Japanese are little accustomed to
Christianity ( one percent of the Japanese population is Christian ! ) but this (
religion ) ...
The examples also show how Kamagasaki Ecumenical Network is part of a still
greater network that includes the labour union and , not directly mentioned before
, many volunteers and supporters outside Kamagasaki . The network has ...
However , far from all Christians agree with the way Kamagasaki Ecumenical
Network practices these principles . Even the Network ' s members may not
always agree on the appropriate response to new challenges . The crux of
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