Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming


  • Robert Kaizen GunnEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_786

After a brief consideration of how poverty is viewed in five world religions, some psychological aspects of poverty will be considered.

Attitudes and Actions Concerning Poverty Among the Five Major World Religions

Poverty is a major concern for every world religion. Every religion makes room for a conscious consideration of what one is to do with and for the poor. Each religion gives instruction regarding the proper attitude and action to take regarding the poor. These attitudes and actions affect one’s own life, for faithfulness in each religion requires attitudes and actions of compassion and the sharing, to whatever degree, of what one has with those who have significantly less. Poverty thus directly affects oneself. Indeed, for most religions, one’s attitude and actions toward the poor is an essential element in the determination of one’s own spiritual development and destiny.

Poverty in Judaism

  • The concern for the poor is closely linked to the maintenance of justice:

    you shall not...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.United Church of Rockville CentreRockville CentreUSA