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 a specific religion may still exercise influence over an individual ' s
private life , in a globalized and pluralistic society the traditional function of
providing moral order for the entire populace is no longer be fulfilled by a single
In short , spurred by the two disasters of 1995 that shook Japanese society ,
Shinnyo - en came to be more conscious of its role in society , and has extended
the reach of its altruism . The reasons why social activities of Shinnyo - en have
... religious convictions - - are but a ' microcosm of the increasing segmentation of
America society in general . ' Parents not necessarily motivated by religious
conviction , Apple argues , nonetheless , join into a “ growing antitax movement ,
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