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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ALTRUISM IN NEW RELIGIONS IN JAPAN KEISHIN INABA This chapter will
discuss theoretically why some members of new religions in Japan become
involved in charitable activities and how altruism is nurtured . It can be stated with
Under such circumstances , there is a possibility that charitable activities of new
religions creates conflicts with established patterns of society as a whole ,
because altruism based on religious belief may be regarded as intrusive by a
... NGO workers that raised money and gave charity , people who gave service (
or seva ) via volunteering their time to charitable institutions , and charitable
institutions that organized volunteers . I strove to maintain this diversity in my
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