Modern Cosmology and Religious Naturalism

Authored by: Donald M. Braxton

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415492447
eBook ISBN: 9780203803516
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634178


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Religious naturalism (hereafter RN) is not so much a religion as it is a philosophical proposal for the recreation and redefinition of what counts as religion in light of the ascendency and productivity of science. As Primack and Abrams note in Chapter 9 in this volume:

One thing that has become clear from the highly counter-intuitive nature of the scientific universe is that most of the imagery and concepts familiar from biblical and other origin stories cannot describe it.

(p. 100)

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