Defining and Defending Religious Naturalism

Authored by: Jerome A. Stone

The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138292079
eBook ISBN: 9781315228907
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As a preliminary description, religious naturalism may be said to be a movement that asserts the possibility and desirability of a robust religious/spiritual life without recourse to the supernatural, whether deity, soul, or heaven. A number of people discussing naturalism have stressed that proponents of naturalism need to emphasize what naturalism stands for, rather than against. In line with that, naturalism “affirms that attention should be focused on the events and processes of this world to provide what degree of explanation and meaning are possible to this life” (Stone 2008: 1). However, many recent supernaturalists make a similar affirmation; hence the negative assertion of a denial of the supernatural seems appropriate.

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