Religious Naturalism and Science

Willem B. Drees*

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Religious belief seems to be about the conviction that there is more than nature. Naturalism is perceived as the claim that there is nothing but nature. Is naturalism therefore an atheistic position, that which should be disproved in 'religion and science'? That seems to be the religious agenda of quite a few in 'religion and science'. This article holds that it may well be more fruitful to accept 'naturalism' as an understanding of reality with which people have to live, and to explore religious options within the context of naturalism. It considers some reasons for and against a naturalistic position. Subsequent sections explore some of the religious and theological options in association with naturalism. Basically, these are treated as pertaining to two kinds of naturalism: namely, theistic naturalism and religious naturalism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191577369
ISBN (Print)9780199543656
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Atheist
  • Naturalism
  • Religion
  • Religious belief
  • Religious naturalism
  • Theistic naturalism


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