Altruism and Christian Ethics Hardback

by Colin Grant (University of New Brunswick);

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Altruism and Christian Ethics

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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.

Altruism and Christian Ethics by Colin Grant (University of New Brunswick) was published by Cambridge University Press in November 2000 and is our 48352nd best seller. The ISBN for Altruism and Christian Ethics is 9780521791441.

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Page last updated 24th December 2015
Author / Artist
Book Formathardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (November 2000)
Number of Pages288
Thickness21 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code10639
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