Altruism and Christian Ethics

Synopsis

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.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Robin Gill
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Cambridge, England
Publication year:
  • 2000