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Is Nature Enough? Yes

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Religious naturalism encompasses thinkers from Baruch Spinoza, George Santayana, John Dewey, Henry Nelson Wieman, and Ralph Burhoe to recent writers. I offer a generic definition of religious naturalism and then outline my own version, the “minimalist vision of transcendence.” Many standard issues in the science-and-religion dialogue are seen to fade in significance for religious naturalism. I make suggestions for our understanding of science, including the importance of transcognitive abilities, the need for a revised notion of rationality as an alternative to extreme versions of postmodernism, the value of rational dissensus, and the education of appreciation. Finally, I suggest ways to interpret the religious traditions of the world by religious naturalism.

Keywords: Baruch Spinoza; Bernard Meland; Calvin Schrag; George Santayana; Henry Nelson Wieman; J. Wentzel van Huyssteen; Ursula Goodenough; Yi T'oegye; minimalist vision of transcendence; religious naturalism

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois

Publication date: 2003-12-01

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