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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We inherit religious ideas , form them to suit our own situation , and pass them on
to the next generation . The religious ... Some take their outset in that idea and
argue that the sacred and the mundane should remain unrelated . Some pastors
Gifts without Receipts In contrast to this focus on tracking , accountability , and
this - worldly receipts is the Hindu idea of dān . Dān is a gift without a receipt , at
least in this lifetime . If we can talk about accountability with dān it is in terms of ...
According to the idea of Thanet Aphornsuvan in Thammasat University ,
Phibunsongkharam fears the influence and return of former Prime Minister Pridi
Phanomyongand who was replaced and exiled by conservative politicians
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