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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Voluntary activities by Japanese Buddhists ( of the Mahāyāna tradition ) in
countries of the Theravāda tradition such as ... Cambodia or Sri Lanka have led
to cooperation for social action between Buddhists of these two different
Furthermore , in all religious traditions we find laypeople and " holy ones ” who
leave behind them the secular world for a ... In the Buddhist tradition we find the
teaching of self - power , i . e . that ultimately we can only reach enlightenment by
tradition of caritas and the Protestant tradition of diakonia . Few Christians in
Japan would disagree on the principles . However , far from all Christians agree
with the way Kamagasaki Ecumenical Network practices these principles . Even
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