Christian Naturalism

Authored by: Jerome A. Stone

The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782173
eBook ISBN: 9780203387856
Adobe ISBN: 9781136677922


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Christian naturalism sounds like a contradiction in terms. It is the purpose of this chapter to explore the work of some theologians who think otherwise. Naturalism is a contrast term (like “left” or “down”) which gets its meaning partly from its opposite term, in this case “supernaturalism.” In general it is a set of beliefs which focuses on this world. (Actually, there is no other world, according to naturalism, but the Christian tradition has often spoken of God, soul, and heaven as somehow distinct from this world so that naturalism is a rejection of that strand of the Christian tradition.)

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