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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In examining the role of religion in human affairs and in our contemporary global
society , not to mention human history as a whole , it can be pointed out that in
many cases of violence perpetrated by humans against one another , as ...
Some have argued that humankind is innately good , and others have
maintained that human beings are essentially selfish or ... The first is that humans
are innately evil or bad ( e . g . selfish , sinful , aggressive and non - social ) , and
The persistence paradigm characteristically regards religious belief and practice
as constants within human nature . Their particular expression may change over
time and culture – at one instance being expressed in one form and at another ...
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