“The Altruistic Impulse”

Rev. Axel Gehrmann and Mary Kay Hamilton

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If economists and evolutionary biologists are correct, human actions are largely guided by individuals’ self-interest and survival instincts. Various religious traditions offer an alternative perspective, which moves beyond dichotomies of selfishness/selflessness. At first blush it may seem paradoxical to claim, “The more you give, the more you gain.” What truths are contained in such counter-intuitive teachings?