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Altruism and Christian Ethics (New Studies in Christian by Colin Grant

By Colin Grant

Separated from its anchorage in faith, ethics has the social sciences in seeing humans as essentially characterized via self-interest, in order that altruism is both naively idealistic or arrogantly self-sufficient. Colin supply contends that, as a latest secular thought, altruism is a parody at the self-giving love of Christianity, in order that its dismissal represents a social levelling that loses the depths that theology makes intelligible and faith makes attainable. The Christian confirmation is that God is characterized via self-giving love (agape), then anticipated of Christians. missing this theological heritage, the point of interest on self-interest in sociobiology and economics, and on human realism within the political concentration of John Rawls or the feminist sociability of Carol Gilligan, reveals altruism naive or a deadly distraction from genuine probabilities of mutual aid. This booklet argues that to dispense with altruism is to dispense with God and with the divine transformation of human possibilities.

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