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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Church volunteers in 2002 and 2002 ? Other volunteer activities of great present
interest in the church of Finland include “ Joint Responsibility ” fund - raising (
app . 40 , 000 volunteers ) , elected officials ( app . 30 , 000 ) , and participants in
The two orientations focusing more on helping and social assistance , “ agent of
altruism ” and “ aid and grace ” were most typical among the church social
workers , as well as a few priests . These views are apparent , for instance , in the
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
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