Religious naturalism and its near neighbors: some live options

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism
EditorsDonald A. Crosby, Jerome A. Stone
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315228907
ISBN (Print)9781138292079
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2018


  • naturalism
  • religious naturalism
  • science


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