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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... to reform itself and proof its relevance to the nation and the society by
expanding the scope of their social engagements . ... for its teachings and
practices being irrelevant in modern society and above all for its lack of social
This study reveals that social engagements of Japanese Buddhists are
influenced by social and political conditions . ... reflect the spirit of voluntarism
and internationalism in the social engagement and social ethics of Japanese
First , I will consider the concept of social engagement done by religious groups
and institutions , especially of politically influential religion regarded as public
religion . Second , the data analysis of development monks in northeastern ...
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