A Religion of Nature / Edition 1

A Religion of Nature / Edition 1

by Donald A. Crosby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791454541

ISBN-13: 9780791454541

Pub. Date: 03/31/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The beauty, sublimity, and wonder of nature have been justly celebrated in all of the religious traditions of the world, but usually these traditions have focused on beings or powers presumed to lie behind nature, providing nature’s ultimate explanation and meaning. In a radical departure, Donald A. Crosby makes an eloquent case for regarding nature itself as…  See more details below

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The beauty, sublimity, and wonder of nature have been justly celebrated in all of the religious traditions of the world, but usually these traditions have focused on beings or powers presumed to lie behind nature, providing nature’s ultimate explanation and meaning. In a radical departure, Donald A. Crosby makes an eloquent case for regarding nature itself as the focus of religion, conceived without God, gods, or animating spirits of any kind, and argues that nature is metaphysically ultimate. He explores the concept of nature, the place of humans in nature, the responsibilities of humans to one another and to their natural environments, and offers a religious vision that grants to nature the kind of reverence, awe, love, and devotion formerly reserved for God. Crosby also shares his personal journey from theistic faith to a religion of nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791454541
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/31/2004
Series:
Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1Introduction
1From God to Nature: A Personal Odyssey3
Pt. 2The Nature of Nature
2Concept of Nature17
3Science and Nature43
4Values in Nature57
5Humans and Nature89
Pt. 3A Religion of Nature
6The Nature of Religion and a Religion of Nature117
7Objections to a Religion of Nature131
8The Religious Ultimacy of Nature159
Notes171
Selected Bibliography187
Index of Authors and Titles193
Index of Subjects197

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