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A Religion of Nature / Edition 1

A Religion of Nature / Edition 1

by Donald A. CrosbyDonald A. Crosby


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791454541
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 08/01/2002
Series: Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Donald A. Crosby is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He has published several books, including The Specter of the Absurd: Sources and Criticisms of Modern Nihilism, also published by SUNY Press, and, most recently, Religion in a Pluralistic Age (coedited with Charley D. Hardwick).

Table of Contents


PART 1. Introduction

1. From God to Nature:A Personal Odyssey

PART 2. The Nature of Nature

2. Concept of Nature

3. Science and Nature

4. Values in Nature

5. Humans and Nature

PART 3. A Religion of Nature

6. The Nature of Religion and a Religion of Nature

7. Objections to a Religion of Nature

8. The Religious Ultimacy of Nature


Selected Bibliography

Index of Authors and Titles

Index of Subjects

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