Nature as Sacred Ground

A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism
SUNY Press
  • erschienen am 4. August 2015
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  • 204 Seiten
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Provides a metaphysical outlook for religious naturalism.

Nature as Sacred Ground explores a metaphysics for religious naturalism. Donald A. Crosby discusses major aspects of reality implicit in his ongoing explication of Religion of Nature, a religious outlook that holds the natural world to be the only world, one with no supernatural domains, presences, or powers behind it. Nature as thus envisioned is far more than just a system of facts and factual relations. It also has profoundly important valuative dimensions, including what Crosby regards as nature's intrinsically sacred value. The search for comprehensive metaphysical clarity and understanding is a substantial part of this work's undertaking. Yet this endeavor also reminds us that, while it is good to think deeply and systematically about major features of reality and their relations to one another, we also need to reflect tirelessly about how to respond to metaphysical concepts that call for decision and action.

Donald A. Crosby is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He is the author of many books, including More Than Discourse: Symbolic Expressions of Naturalistic Faith; The Thou of Nature: Religious Naturalism and Reverence for Sentient Life; Faith and Reason: Their Roles in Religious and Secular Life; Living with Ambiguity: Religious Naturalism and the Menace of Evil; and A Religion of Nature, all published by SUNY Press.
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  • USA
State University of New York Press
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978-1-4384-5931-8 (9781438459318)
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  • Intro
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 Being and Nothingness
  • The Transcendent Ground View
  • The Immanental View
  • Universe and Multiverse
  • The Role of Time
  • Chapter 2 One and Many
  • The Either-Or Approach
  • The Both-And Approach
  • Defense of the Both-And Approach
  • Chapter 3 Permanence a nd Change
  • The Lure of the Immutable
  • Arguments against Ultimate Immutability and the Denial of Time
  • Possibility and Change
  • Chapter 4 Causality, Novelty, and Freedom
  • Causality
  • Novelty
  • Freedom
  • Freedom and Human Experience
  • Chance and Science
  • Chapter 5 Matter, Life, and Mind
  • The Nature of Matter
  • Matter and Life
  • Matter and Mind
  • Chapter 6 Good and Evil
  • The Natures and Relations of Goods and Evils
  • The Metaphysical Basis of Moral Good and Moral Evil
  • Additional Questions about the Metaphysics of Moral Good and Evil
  • Chapter 7 The S acred and the Profaned
  • What Sacredness Means
  • The Sacredness of Nature
  • Human Profanations of Nature
  • Chapter 8 Summing Up
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index

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