Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism

Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism

by Donald A. Crosby

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Overview

Provides a metaphysical outlook for religious naturalism.

Nature as Sacred Ground explores a metaphysics for religious naturalism. Donald A. Crosby discusses major aspects of reality implicit in his ongoing explication of Religion of Nature, a religious outlook that holds the natural world to be the only world, one with no supernatural domains, presences, or powers behind it. Nature as thus envisioned is far more than just a system of facts and factual relations. It also has profoundly important valuative dimensions, including what Crosby regards as nature’s intrinsically sacred value. The search for comprehensive metaphysical clarity and understanding is a substantial part of this work’s undertaking. Yet this endeavor also reminds us that, while it is good to think deeply and systematically about major features of reality and their relations to one another, we also need to reflect tirelessly about how to respond to metaphysical concepts that call for decision and action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438459295
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Donald A. Crosby is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He is the author of many books, including More Than Discourse: Symbolic Expressions of Naturalistic Faith; The Thou of Nature: Religious Naturalism and Reverence for Sentient Life; Faith and Reason: Their Roles in Religious and Secular Life; Living with Ambiguity: Religious Naturalism and the Menace of Evil; and A Religion of Nature, all published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Being and Nothingness

2. One and Many

3. Permanence and Change

4. Causality, Novelty, and Freedom

5. Matter, Life, and Mind

6. Good and Evil

7. The Sacred and the Profaned

8. Summing Up

Notes
Works Cited
Index

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