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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The first is consistently high levels of Christian orthodoxy found among regular
churchgoers diachronically and synchronically within and across different
Western countries over many decades . The second is a consistent weakening of
The first piece of evidence points to consistently high levels of Christian
orthodoxy found among regular churchgoers , measured both diachronically and
synchronically within and across different Western countries over many decades .
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From this table it is evident that when high levels of church regular attendance
are present , then so are high levels of belief in a personal God , in life after death
and in Jesus as divine , and where attendance is low the level of these beliefs is
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