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Title: Altruism and Christian Ethics
Author: Grant, Colin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2000
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521791441
Volumes: 1; Pages: 286
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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 leveling that loses the depths that theology makes intelligible and religion makes possible. He argues that to dispense with altruism is to dispense with God and with the divine transformation of human possibilities. A case for a theological significance for altruism, against attacks from Sociobiology, Social Sciences, and Ethics An indication of what the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Ethics miss through dismissal of theology Recognition that God is characterized by eros as well as agape, in a way appropriate to GodContentsPart I. Alien Altruism1. Explanations for altruism2. Evidence of altruism3. The elusiveness of altruismPart II. Ideal Altruism4. Contract altruism5. Constructed altruism6. Collegial altruismPart III: Real Altruism7. Acute altruism: Agape8. Absolute altruism9. Actual altruism.