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Living with Ambiguity: Religious Naturalism and the Menace of Evil

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Overview

In this book Donald A. Crosby looks at how a religion based on the sacredness of nature deals with the problem of evil. Further developing and defending the vision of religious thought and life elaborated in his previous work, A Religion of Mature, Crosby explores how such a vision can enable us to interpret, respond to, and cope with the diverse forms of evil in the world, arguing that an ambiguity of goods and evils in human life, in nature as a whole, and in any conceivable or desirable realm of existence is inevitable. It is therefore futile to seek recourse in powers, presences, states, or realms thought to wholly transcend a combination of goods and evils or to be entirely devoid of evil. This being the case, the central problem, of an adequate religious faith is how to live a constructive, meaningful life in the face of this intractable ambiguity. Religion of nature, as it is laid out and explained here, confronts this problem and offers a comprehensive, sustaining, and fully adequate way of conceiving and living a religious life.
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“Crosby’s book succeeds as an academic model of spirituality that can dialogue with the natural sciences without recourse to traditional theology. He opens a new door for deep ecology to enter into the various forums for discussing ecology—a door that comes by way of Nietzsche.” — Environmental Ethics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791475195
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald A. Crosby is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He has published several books, including A Religion of Nature and The Specter of the Absurd: Sources and Criticisms of Modern Nihilism, both also published by SUNY Press, and Novelty.

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Table of Contents

1 Religion of Nature as a Form of Religious Naturalism 1

2 Ambiguities of Nature 21

3 Nature as the Focus of Religious Faith 43

4 Perspectivism, Pluralism, and Ambiguity 67

5 Religious Rightness and Moral Value 79

6 Coping with Ambiguity 91

Notes 113

Works Cited 117

Index 121

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