Natural Religion

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Overview

There is widespread belief that the world's religions con- tradict each other. It follows that if one religion is true, the others must be false--an assumption that implies, and may actually create, religious strife. In Natural Religion, acclaimed poet, critic and essayist Frederick Turner sets out to show that the natural world offers grounds for stating that all religions are, in some respect, true.

Through the ages, various ways have been proposed to resolve religious differences. Some argue for the destruction of all religions but one's own. Others substitute an abstract principle for the real ritual and moral practice of religion. Still others doubt all religious truth and, consequently, all truth. Others accept a kind of pluralistic relativism. This book explores syncretism, whereby all religions are seen as grasping the same strange and complex reality, but by very different means and handles. The idea that all religions are true raises a supervening question: if so, what must the real physical universe be like? Turner approaches these questions in terms of scientific inquiry. There is not enough room in space itself to fit in all theologies; but there may be enough room in time if new scientific descriptions of time's nature are to be believed. Turner argues that in the time-models of contemporary cosmological and evolutionary science all times may be connected and time may be infinitely branched and causally looped so that both forward-in-time and backward-in-time factors may be in operation in the same event. Thus, the fundamental substance of the universe may be information rather than matter or energy. The universe is more like a vast living organism than a vast machine.

Turner argues that all existing religions can be shown to fit into this model, which in turn points to deeper implications of religious doctrines, languages and practices. There would be plenty of "room" in such a view of time for a tree of different yet linked religious worlds and poetic language may be the most effective tool for describing the divine.

Frederick Turner, professor of arts and humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, was educated at Oxford University. A poet, translator, philosopher, cultural critic, and former editor of the Kenyon Review, he has authored twenty-four books, including Beauty, The Culture of Hope, Genesis, Hadean Eclogues, Shakespeare's Twenty-First Century Economics, and Paradise.

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"Fred Turner's Natural Religion is by no means natural, if by that is meant conventional or predictable. Probing insightfully through and beneath the confusion of religious difference, Turner undermines various outlooks that would divide rather than unite us. This he does through an intuitive employment rather than an avoidance of those sophisticated gifts provided us by modernity and even post-modernity. That Turner could write with utter openmindedness, yet as a practicing Catholic, gives added depth - even a measure of intrigue - to a book that every thoughtful seeker should embrace with considerable appreciation."--Stephen A. Erickson, Professor of Philosophy and the E. Wilson Lyon Professor of Humanities, Pomona College

"This work of great intellectual power examines the kaleidoscope of religions, active in globalizing humankind. Through the history of matter, life, man and society, it identifies an open-ended, upward mobility in nature, along an evolutionary path, a progression from dust toward the numinous and reaching a crisis in our epoch. The wealth of the author's learning and the practical wisdom that infuse Natural Religion serve as blazes of a guided tour to the creative-destructive wilderness of contemporary science, art, technology and religion."--J.T. Fraser, Founder, International Society for the Study of Time

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765803320
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/19/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Turner is Founders Professor, School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. A poet, translator, philosopher, cultural critic, and former editor of the Kenyon Review, he has authored more than two dozen books, including Beauty, The Culture of Hope, Genesis, Hadean Eclogues, Shakespeare’s Twenty-First Century Economics, and Natural Religion.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The problem 7
3 Desiderata for a religion of the future 25
4 Religious and scientific truth 47
5 Freedom, values, and strange attractors 73
6 Time 97
7 The information/spirit universe 125
8 A brief history of God 143
9 What each religion brings to the search 177
10 The style of God 227
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