Religious Naturalism Today: The Rebirth of a Forgotten Alternative

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Looks at the history and revival of religious naturalism, a spiritual path without a supreme being.
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“…Stone’s book offers landscape as well as portrait, for behind the particular figures in focus there is a wide range of religious naturalisms depicted in clear perspective and considerable depth of field. As theologian Philip Hefner observes in the foreword, Stone is an expert guide and companion to this broader landscape … Stone’s latest book belongs on any current reading list in religious naturalism and would make a fine centerpiece for an academic course or a book group on the subject.” — American Journal of Theology and Philosophy

“…Stone has pointed toward religious naturalism’s connections to and critiques of other types of religious scholarship. He opens possibilities for dialogue with the work of thinkers in many fields, including religious humanism and ecology, along with the ethical questions these fields raise. Stone’s work is an excellent introduction to the renewal of religious naturalism that invites the reader to join the discussion.” — Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791475386
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 273
  • Sales rank: 1,126,355
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome A. Stone is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at William Rainey Harper College. He is the coeditor (with Creighton Peden) of both volumes of The Chicago School of Theology: Pioneers in Religious Inquiry, and the author of The Minimalist Vision of Transcendence: A Naturalist Philosophy of Religion, also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Philip Hefner ix

Preface xi

Introduction: What Is Religious Naturalism? 1

Part 1 The Birth of Religious Naturalism

Chapter 1 Philosophical Religious Naturalism 21

Chapter 2 Theological and Humanist Religious Naturalists 59

Chapter 3 Analyzing the Issues 123

Interlude: Religious Naturalism in Literature 135

Part 2 The Rebirth of Religious Naturalism

Chapter 4 Sources of Religious Insight 143

Chapter 5 Current Issues in Religious Naturalism 193

Chapter 6 Other Current Religious Naturalists 211

Conclusion: Living Religiously as a Naturalist 225

Bibliography 231

Index 249

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