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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While a person from our group fetches cardboard and a blanket , we ask him if he
feels all right . He says he does , so once he has got whatever little protection
against the winter cold we can provide , we say good night and proceed .
According to one young observer , 25 years old , there are currently four
evangelical groups in Kamagasaki , and they attract about 100 homeless
persons or day labours for their services . " No doubt a high percentage
participates in the ...
When one gives funds to an institution that feeds the poor one never has to worry
about a specific person showing up at one ' s door requesting food or shelter .
One is free of the horrors , and smells , of poverty , decay , disease , and illness .
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