Scientists, freethinkers, and philosophers have attempted to find an explanation of the role of altruism in a natural world that is compatible to the dominantly accepted Darwinian principle of natural selection. Many postulates have been developed in an attempt to explain how self-sacrificial behaviors are cohesive within the “survival of the fittest” ideology. This has caused many scientists to broaden the definition of altruism to understand its components in the physical world. In order to understand how absolute altruism is solely found through God’s love, it is necessary to examine each subset of scientific altruism to reveal their differences. None of the subcategories of altruism are equivalent to the self-sacrificing love of God; however, they do offer an interesting perspective of how selflessness can be explained in a scientific context.
"An Analysis of Altruism,"
Dialogue & Nexus: Vol. 3
, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.acu.edu/dialogue/vol3/iss1/15