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Overview

In the wake of both the semiotic and the psychoanalytic revolutions, how is it possible to describe the object of religious worship in realist terms? Semioticians argue that each object is known only insofar as it gives birth to a series of signs and interpretants (new signs). From the psychoanalytic side, religious beliefs are seen to belong to transference energies and projections that contaminate the religious object with all-too-human complexes. In Nature's Religion, distinguished theologian and philosopher Robert S. Corrington weaves together the concept of infinite semiosis with that of the transference to show that the self does have access to something in nature that is intrinsically religious. Corrington argues that signs and our various transference fields can and do connect us with fully natural religious powers that are not of our own making, thereby opening up a path past the Western monotheisms to a capacious religion of nature. With a foreword by Robert C. Neville, Nature's Religion is essential reading for philosophers of religion, scholars of the psychology of religion, and theologians.
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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Religion
Exploring this unconscious and its manifold eruptions, Corrington is to be applauded for his effort to provide a map of this unruly domain. . . . Corrington's book . . . is of obvious importance.
— Joseph Pettit
The Journal Of Religion - Joseph Pettit
Exploring this unconscious and its manifold eruptions, Corrington is to be applauded for his effort to provide a map of this unruly domain. . . . Corrington's book . . . is of obvious importance.
From The Foreword Robert Neville
A profoundly insightful, imaginatively brilliant, and rhetorically revolutionary book. . . . This book presents a profound spiritual vision for our time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847687503
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert S. Corrington is associate professor of philosophical theology at Drew University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: The How of Nature and the Where of the Sacred 1
Ch. 1 Sacred Folds 23
Ch. 2 Intervals 61
Ch. 3 Unruly Ground 97
Ch. 4 Spirit's Eros 133
Bibliography 167
Index 187
About the Author 193
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