Any naturalism worthy of serious consideration involves that one accepts the scientific approach to reality as informative about the way things are. But ‘science-inspired naturalism’ does not deliver answers to questions about the ultimate structure of reality, as theories are open to multiple interpretations and future theories may offer us a different understanding of reality. Such a naturalism has difficulties when considering important facets of existence, such as mathematics, values, and ultimate origins. Alongside ‘philosophical naturalism, a Kantian constructivist approach might be as strong. And when it comes to religion, intertwining a model of the world and a model for the world in motivating symbols and narratives, ‘religious naturalism’ is a genuine option alongside theism that is naturalistic about the world. Thus, a science-inspired naturalist might be agnostic on matters of ultimate explanations and values.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism|
|Editors||Donald A. Crosby, Jerome A. Stone|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Feb 2018|
- religious naturalism