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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Donate One meal movement ( Ichijiki - undo ) is Rissho Koseikai - kai ' s major
fund - raising campaign that supports its international relief activities . As a follow
- up to its international activities , in 1969 it launched a community - based social
NEW AGE : NARCISSISTIC SPIRITUALITY OF THE SELF , OR ALTRUISTIC
NEW SOCIO - RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT ? DAREN KEMP Introduction New Age
is often criticised as a narcissistic spirituality of the self . Far from being altruistic ,
it is ...
A frequently cited definition is that of Wouter Hanegraaff : “ The New Age
movement is characterized by a popular western culture criticism ... For an
introduction to the study of new religious movements , with a good bibliography ,
see Lewis ed ...
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