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By Jacob Neusner,Bruce Chilton

In 1830 thinker Auguste Comte coined the time period altruism to supply a common definition for the act of selflessly taking care of others. yet does this contemporary notion of sacrificing one's personal pursuits for the healthiness of others observe to the charitable behaviors inspired by means of all international religions? In Altruism in international Religions prominent students from an array of spiritual views probe the definition of altruism to figure out if it is a class that serves to increase the examine of faith.

Exploring a variety of philosophical and spiritual concept from Greco-Roman philia to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, from Hinduism in India to Buddhism and the religions of China and Japan, the authors locate that altruism turns into problematical whilst utilized to non secular reviews since it is, in reality, an idea absent from faith. Chapters on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam display that fans of those religions can't really practice self-sacrificing acts simply because God has promised to gift each solid deed. additionally, the separation among the self and the opposite that self-sacrifice inevitably implies, runs counter to Buddhist notion, which makes no such contrast.

By hard our assumptions in regards to the act of self-sacrifice because it pertains to non secular teachings, the authors have proven altruism to be extra of a mundane than non secular concept. whilst, their findings spotlight how charitable acts function with the values and constructions of the religions studied.

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