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Altruism and Christian ethics [electronic resource] / Colin Grant.

By: Grant, Colin, 1942-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: New studies in Christian ethics: Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001Description: 1 online resource (xix, 266 p.).ISBN: 0511012926 (electronic bk.); 9780511012921 (electronic bk.); 9780511488351 (electronic bk.); 0511488351 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Altruism | Christian ethics | RELIGION -- Christian Life -- General | Christelijke ethiek | Altru�isme | Altruisme | Morale chr�etienne | Altruismus | Christliche EthikGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Altruism and Christian ethics.DDC classification: 241/.4 Other classification: 11.62 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Incomplete contents:
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.
Review: "Separated from its anchorage in religion, ethics has followed the social sciences in seeing human beings as fundamentally characterized by self-interest, so that altruism is either naively idealistic or arrogantly self-sufficient. Colin Grant contends that, as a modern secular concept, altruism is a parody on the self-giving love of Christianity, so that its dismissal represents a social levelling that loses the depths that theology makes intelligible and religion makes possible.".Summary: "The Christian affirmation is that God is characterized by self-giving love (agape), then expected of Christians. Lacking this theological background, the focus on self-interest 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."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-262) and index.

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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.

"Separated from its anchorage in religion, ethics has followed the social sciences in seeing human beings as fundamentally characterized by self-interest, so that altruism is either naively idealistic or arrogantly self-sufficient. Colin Grant contends that, as a modern secular concept, altruism is a parody on the self-giving 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 characterized by self-giving love (agape), then expected of Christians. Lacking this theological background, the focus on self-interest 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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