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ALTRUISM AND CHRISTIAN ETHICS

Grant Colin

Oprawa:
TWARDA

Wydawca:
Cambridge University Press

Data premiery:
2000-11-16

ISBN:
9780521791441

378,00 PLN
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Opis produktu

This book contends that secular altruism is a parody on the selfgiving love of Christianity.This book contends that as a modern secular concept altruism is a parody on the selfgiving love of Christianity so that its dismissal represents a social levelling that loses the depths that theology makes intelligible and religion makes possible.This book contends that as a modern secular concept altruism is a parody on the selfgiving love of Christianity so that its dismissal represents a social levelling that loses the depths that theology makes intelligible and religion makes possible.Separated from its anchorage in religion ethics has followed the social sciences in seeing human beings as fundamentally characterised by selfinterest so that altruism is either naively idealistic or arrogantly selfsufficient. Colin Grant contends that as a modern secular concept altruism is a parody on the selfgiving love of Christianity so that its dismissal represents a social levelling that loses the depths that theology makes intelligible and religion makes possible. The Christian affirmation is that God is characterised by selfgiving love (agape) then expected of Christians. Lacking this theological background the focus on selfinterest in sociobiology and economics and on human realism in the political focus of John Rawls or the feminist sociability of Carol Gilligan finds altruism naive or a dangerous distraction from real possibilities of mutual support. This book argues that to dispense with altruism is to dispense with God and with the divine transformation of human possibilities.Part I. Alien Altruism: 1. Explanations for altruism: 2. Evidence of altruism: 3. The elusiveness of altruism: Part II. Ideal Altruism: 4. Contract altruism: 5. Constructed altruism: 6. Collegial altruism: Part III. Real Altruism: 7. Acute altruism: agape: 8. Absolute altruism: 9. Actual altruism....the book is an engaging and valuable addition to the literature on altruism. Journal of ReligionGrant offers a careful analysis of recent secular literature on altruism...he provides a compelling critique of sociobiologys interpretation of altruism...Grant book is a highly nuanced examination of much of the literature on altruism and agape...It is readable and interesting...most informative Theology TodayIt provides a useful introduction to features of and debates surrounding altruism and makes clear the role Christian ethics can play in defending and promoting it. Religious Studies Review

Data Publikacji: 2000-11-16
Wymiary: 216 mm 138 mm 21 mm 520 gr

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