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Naturalism and Religion

Author : Graham Oppy
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2018-05-20
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9780429947209

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Book Naturalism and Religion Description/Summary:

This book guides readers through an investigation of religion from a naturalistic perspective and explores the very meaning of the term ‘religious naturalism’. Oppy considers several widely disputed claims: that there cannot be naturalistic religion; that there is nothing in science that poses any problems for naturalism; that there is nothing in religion that poses any serious challenges to naturalism; and that there is a very strong case for thinking that naturalism defeats religion. Naturalism and Religion: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation is an ideal introduction for undergraduate and postgraduate students of religious studies and philosophy who want to gain an understanding of the key themes and claims of naturalism from a religious and philosophical perspective.

Between Naturalism and Religion

Author : Jürgen Habermas
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2014-11-06
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9780745694603

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Book Between Naturalism and Religion Description/Summary:

Two countervailing trends mark the intellectual tenor of our age – the spread of naturalistic worldviews and religious orthodoxies. Advances in biogenetics, brain research, and robotics are clearing the way for the penetration of an objective scientific self-understanding of persons into everyday life. For philosophy, this trend is associated with the challenge of scientific naturalism. At the same time, we are witnessing an unexpected revitalization of religious traditions and the politicization of religious communities across the world. From a philosophical perspective, this revival of religious energies poses the challenge of a fundamentalist critique of the principles underlying the modern Wests postmetaphysical understanding of itself. The tension between naturalism and religion is the central theme of this major new book by Jürgen Habermas. On the one hand he argues for an appropriate naturalistic understanding of cultural evolution that does justice to the normative character of the human mind. On the other hand, he calls for an appropriate interpretation of the secularizing effects of a process of social and cultural rationalization increasingly denounced by the champions of religious orthodoxies as a historical development peculiar to the West. These reflections on the enduring importance of religion and the limits of secularism under conditions of postmetaphysical reason set the scene for an extended treatment the political significance of religious tolerance and for a fresh contribution to current debates on cosmopolitanism and a constitution for international society.

Naturalism and Religion

Author : Kai Nielsen
Publisher : Prometheus Books
Release : 2001
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9781615927579

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This is an ambitious project....Perhaps the book's most valuable contribution is the way it reminds us of...earlier conceptions of naturalism and demonstrates how these views can be used to address contemporary issues.... For those interested in confronting the challenges that face contemporary naturalism there is much here to explore. -Philosophical InvestigationsThis elucidation and defense of naturalism argues that an uncompromising secular orientation is the best framework for the search for meaning and interprets religion in purely naturalistic terms. Part One seeks to demonstrate that religious symbols arise from facts about human beings and the societies in which they live, specifically our needs, fears, and aspirations. Part Two examines arguments for and against naturalism, including the defenses of naturalism by Sidney Hook, Ernest Nagel, Antony Flew, and critical reactions to their views. The forceful and rigorously analytical case made by Jean Hampton against naturalism is also examined, resulting in a clarification of the substantial and sound methodological grounds for naturalism and atheism. Part Three considers the strongest intellectual challenge to secularism and naturalism, namely that of Ludwig Wittgenstein and some of his followers - Norman Malcolm, D. Z. Phillips, Hilary Putnam, Rush Rhees, and Peter Winch.Nielsen concludes that none of these critiques diminish the cogency and viability of naturalism as the most reasonable basis for viewing our world today.

Religion and Scientific Naturalism

Author : David Ray Griffin
Publisher : SUNY Press
Release : 2000-05-18
Category : Science
ISBN : 0791445631

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Book Religion and Scientific Naturalism Description/Summary:

Articulates a metaphysical position capable of rendering both science and religious experience simultaneously and mutually intelligible.

Religious Naturalism Today

Author : Jerome A. Stone
Publisher : SUNY Press
Release : 2007-12-01
Category : Natural theology
ISBN : 9780791477915

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Book Religious Naturalism Today Description/Summary:

Looks at the history and revival of religious naturalism, a spiritual path without a supreme being. Previously a forgotten option in religious thinking, religious naturalism is coming back. It seeks to explore and encourage religious ways of responding to the world on a completely naturalistic basis without a supreme being or ground of being. In this book, Jerome A. Stone traces its history and analyzes some of the issues dividing religious naturalists. He includes analysis of nearly fifty distinguished philosophers, theologians, scientists, and figures in art and literature, both living and dead. They range from Ursula Goodenough, Gordon Kaufman, William Dean, Thomas Berry, and Gary Snyder to Jan Christiaan Smuts, William Bernhardt, Gregory Bateson, and Sharon Welch. “…Stone’s book offers landscape as well as portrait, for behind the particular figures in focus there is a wide range of religious naturalisms depicted in clear perspective and considerable depth of field. As theologian Philip Hefner observes in the foreword, Stone is an expert guide and companion to this broader landscape … Stone’s latest book belongs on any current reading list in religious naturalism and would make a fine centerpiece for an academic course or a book group on the subject.” — American Journal of Theology and Philosophy “…Stone has pointed toward religious naturalism’s connections to and critiques of other types of religious scholarship. He opens possibilities for dialogue with the work of thinkers in many fields, including religious humanism and ecology, along with the ethical questions these fields raise. Stone’s work is an excellent introduction to the renewal of religious naturalism that invites the reader to join the discussion.” — Religious Studies Review “The strength of Religious Naturalism Today is its descriptions of early religious naturalists.” —CHOICE “This is a timely contribution to contemporary theology. I know of no other book that provides such a clear yet nuanced account of the origins, development, and contemporary forms of religious naturalism. Stone’s achievement ensures that religious naturalism will again be a major contender in theological debates.” — Mary Doak, author of Reclaiming Narrative for Public Theology

Religion, Science and Naturalism

Author : Willem B. Drees
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 1998-11-12
Category : Religion
ISBN : 052164562X

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Book Religion, Science and Naturalism Description/Summary:

Willem Drees argues that religion and morality are to be understood as rooted in our evolutionary past and neurophysiological constitution.

Nature Is Enough

Author : Loyal Rue
Publisher : SUNY Press
Release : 2011-11-01
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9781438438016

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Book Nature Is Enough Description/Summary:

Claims that the natural world, as opposed to a supernatural realm, can inspire a religious sensibility and a conviction that life is meaningful.

Where the Conflict Really Lies

Author : Alvin Plantinga
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2011-08-01
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9780199812103

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Book Where the Conflict Really Lies Description/Summary:

In this long-awaited book, pre-eminent analytical philosopher Alvin Plantinga argues that the conflict between science and theistic religion is actually superficial, and that at a deeper level they are in concord.

The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism

Author : Donald A. Crosby,Jerome A. Stone
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2018-02-01
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781351857536

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Book The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism Description/Summary:

Ecological crisis is being widely discussed in society today and therefore, the subject of religious naturalism has emerged as a major topic in religion. The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising thirty-four chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into seven parts: • Varieties of religious naturalism and its relations to other outlooks • Some earlier religious naturalists • Pantheism, materialism, and the value-ladenness of nature • Ecology, humans, and politics in naturalistic perspective • Religious naturalism and traditional religions • Putting religious naturalism into practice • Critical discussions of religious naturalism. Within these sections central issues, debates, and problems are examined, including: defining religious naturalism; religious underpinnings of ecology; natural piety; the religious-aesthetic; ecstatic naturalism as deep pantheism; spiritual ecology; African-American religious naturalism; Christian religious naturalism; Dao and water; Confucianism; environmental action; and practices in religious naturalism. The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, theology, and philosophy. The Handbook will also be useful for those in related fields, such as environmental ethics and ecology.

Naturalism, Theism and the Cognitive Study of Religion

Author : Aku Visala
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2016-04-22
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781317089612

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Book Naturalism, Theism and the Cognitive Study of Religion Description/Summary:

This book provides a critical philosophical analysis of the claim that contemporary cognitive approaches to religion undermine theistic beliefs. Recent scientific work into the evolution and cognition of religion has been driven by and interpreted in terms of a certain kind of philosophical and methodological naturalism. The book argues that such naturalism is not necessary for the cognitive study of religion and develops an alternative philosophical and methodological framework. This alternative framework opens the cognitive study of religion to theological and philosophical considerations and clarifies its relationship to other approaches to religious phenomena. This unique contribution to discussions regarding the philosophical and theological implications of the cognitive study of religion summarizes the so far fragmentary discussion, exposes its underlying assumptions, and develops a novel framework for further discussion.

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Author : Philip Clayton,Zachary Simpson
Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
Release : 2006
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 0199279276

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Book The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science Description/Summary:

The field of `science and religion' is exploding in popularity among both academics and the reading public. This is a comprehensive and authoritative introduction to the debate, written by the leading experts yet accessible to the general reader.

The Promise of Religious Naturalism

Author : Michael S. Hogue
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Release : 2010-12-28
Category : Religion
ISBN : 1442205954

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Book The Promise of Religious Naturalism Description/Summary:

The Promise of Religious Naturalism explores religious naturalism as a distinctly promising form of contemporary religious ethics. Examining how religious naturalism responds to the challenges of recent religious transformations and ecological peril worldwide, author Michael Hogue argues that religious naturalism is emerging as an increasingly plausible and potentially rewarding form of religious moral life. Beginning with an introduction of religious naturalism in the larger context of religious and ethical theories, the book undertakes the first extended study of the works of religious naturalists Loyal Rue, Donald Crosby, Jerome Stone, and Ursula Goodenough. Hogue pays particular attention to the ethical components of religious naturalism in relation to religious pluralism and ecological issues.

Sacred Nature

Author : Jerome A. Stone
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2017-06-26
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781317484387

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Book Sacred Nature Description/Summary:

Sacred Nature examines the crisis of environmental degradation through the prism of religious naturalism, which seeks rich spiritual engagement in a world without a god. Jerome Stone introduces students to the growing field of religious naturalism, exploring a series of questions about how it addresses the environmental crises, evaluating the merits of public prophetic discourse that uses the language of spirituality. He presents and defends the concept of religious naturalism while drawing out the implications of religious naturalism for addressing some of the major environmental issues facing humans today. This book is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as scholars specializing in contemporary religious thought or environmental studies.

Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality

Author : Dr R Scott Smith
Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Release : 2013-06-28
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781409481737

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Book Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality Description/Summary:

Philosophical naturalism is taken to be the preferred and reigning epistemology and metaphysics that underwrites many ideas and knowledge claims. But what if we cannot know reality on that basis? What if the institution of science is threatened by its reliance on naturalism? R. Scott Smith argues in a fresh way that we cannot know reality on the basis of naturalism. Moreover, the "fact-value" split has failed to serve our interests of wanting to know reality. The author provocatively argues that since we can know reality, it must be due to a non-naturalistic ontology, best explained by the fact that human knowers are made and designed by God. The book offers fresh implications for the testing of religious truth-claims, science, ethics, education, and public policy. Consequently, naturalism and the fact-value split are shown to be false, and Christian theism is shown to be true.

Reenchantment without Supernaturalism

Author : David Ray Griffin
Publisher : Cornell University Press
Release : 2018-08-06
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781501725241

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Book Reenchantment without Supernaturalism Description/Summary:

The process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne has made many distinctive contributions to the philosophy of religion. David Ray Griffin now offers the first full-scale philosophy of religion written from this perspective, discussing such topics as the relationship between science and religion, the validity of religious experience, the nature and existence of God, religious pluralism, creation and evolution, and the problem of evil. Griffin's clear and comprehensive book also serves as a valuable introduction to process philosophy itself. In his vigorous defense of a worldview that is fully naturalistic and fully religious, Griffin shows not only how this position reconciles naturalism with freedom, genuine religious experience, and even life after death, but also how its naturalistic theism "reenchants" the world in the sense of providing cosmic support for moral values. Highly original and sometimes controversial, Griffin's book develops its stance in conversation with influential proponents of other philosophical positions, including William P. Alston, Jürgen Habermas, John Hick, Colin McGinn, Alvin Plantinga, Hilary Putnam, Willard Quine, Ninian Smart, Jeffrey Stout, and Bernard Williams.

Science and Religious Anthropology

Author : Wesley J. Wildman
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2016-04-01
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781317059073

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Book Science and Religious Anthropology Description/Summary:

Science and Religious Anthropology explores the convergence of the biological sciences, human sciences, and humanities around a spiritually evocative, naturalistic vision of human life. The disciplinary contributions are at different levels of complexity, from evolution of brains to existential longings, and from embodied sociality to ecosystem habitat. The resulting interpretation of the human condition supports some aspects of traditional theological thinking in the world's religious traditions while seriously challenging other aspects. Wesley Wildman draws out these implications for philosophical and religious anthropology and argues that the modern secular interpretation of humanity is most compatible with a religious form of naturalistic humanism. This book resists the reduction of meaning and value questions while taking scientific theories about human life with full seriousness. It argues for a religious interpretation of human beings as bodily creatures emerging within a natural environment that permits engagement with the valuational potentials of reality. This engagement promotes socially borne spiritual quests to realize and harmonize values in everything human beings do, from the forging of cultures to the crafting of personal convictions.

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Author : William Wainwright
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2004-12-16
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9780198031581

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Book The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion Description/Summary:

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion contains newly commissioned chapters by 21 prominent experts who cover the field in a comprehensive but accessible manner. Each chapter is expository, critical, and representative of a distinctive viewpoint.

Science's Blind Spot

Author : Cornelius Hunter
Publisher : Baker Books
Release : 2007-06-01
Category : Religion
ISBN : 1441200630

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Book Science's Blind Spot Description/Summary:

Had evolutionists been in charge, they wouldn't have made the mosquito, planetary orbits would align perfectly, and the human eye would be better designed. But they tend to gloss over their own failed predictions and faulty premises. Naturalists see Darwin's theories as "logical" and that's enough. To think otherwise brands you a heretic to all things wise and rational. Science's Blind Spot takes the reader on an enlightening journey through the ever-evolving theory of evolution. Cornelius G. Hunter goes head-to-head with those who twist textbooks, confuse our children, and reject all challengers before they can even speak. This fascinating, fact-filled resource opens minds to nature in a way that both seeks and sees the intelligent design behind creation's masterpieces.

Where the Conflict Really Lies

Author : Alvin Plantinga
Publisher : OUP USA
Release : 2011-12-09
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9780199812097

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Book Where the Conflict Really Lies Description/Summary:

Argues that the conflict between theism and science does not exist and that the debate is actually between theism and naturalism, a philosophy rooted in the belief that there is no such being as God.