Minimalist Vision of Transcendence, The: A Naturalist Philosophy of Religion

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Jerome A. Stone is Professor of Philosophy at William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois.

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SUNY Press
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262
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9781438421377
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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.

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“…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
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.
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