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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Although we cannot point to one single factor on its own as the independent
variable in every case , three factors , namely , ' teachings and practices ' , ʻrole
models ' , and ' socialisation ' in new religions seem to be significant factors in
The question of the possibly diminishing role of the churches is far from decided
and , as Europe undergoes significant economic and social change , the role of
church social work is an urgent question confronting the provision of welfare .
What is more challenging to understand is the potentiality of the established
church and the role of its social involvement . " What is the meaning of the social
involvement of the church for the entire society ? Social capital in its most general
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