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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... Christian values and beliefs but seldom or never go to church , while other
people go regularly to church but deny these values and beliefs : Regarding
practice or active membership of religious organizations , the findings are
Bornstein ' s study and reflections the institutional aspects of philanthropic giving
( dān ) do not explicitly touch on the religious roots and rationale of this practice ,
but those conversant with Hindu culture cannot ignore the association of this ...
Erica Bornstein ' s study taking historical , sociological , cultural , and other factors
into account makes a case for an altruistic orientation in the practice of dān , but
the underlying notion of “ merit ” in this life and in the afterlife inextricably linked ...
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