A Religion of Nature

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SUNY Press, Aug 1, 2002 - Nature - 200 pages
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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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Two dissimilar arguments on nature and religion are here offered by McGrath (theology, Oxford) and Crosby (philosophy, Colorado State Univ.). McGrath claims that humanity's vanishing sense of ... Read full review

Contents

From God to Nature A Personal Odyssey
3
The Nature of Nature
15
Concept of Nature
17
Science and Nature
43
Values in Nature
57
Humans and Nature
89
A Religion of Nature
115
The Nature of Religion and a Religion of Nature
117
Objections to a Religion of Nature
131
The Religious Ultimacy of Nature
159
Notes
171
Selected Bibliography
187
Index of Authors and Titles
193
Index of Subjects
197
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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).

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