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The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism

1st Edition

Edited by Donald A. Crosby, Jerome A. Stone

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Ecological crisis is being widely discussed in society today and therefore, the subject of religious naturalism has emerged as a major topic in religion. The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising thirty-four chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into seven parts:

• Varieties of religious naturalism and its relations to other outlooks

• Some earlier religious naturalists

• Pantheism, materialism, and the value-ladenness of nature

• Ecology, humans, and politics in naturalistic perspective

• Religious naturalism and traditional religions

• Putting religious naturalism into practice

• Critical discussions of religious naturalism.

Within these sections central issues, debates, and problems are examined, including: defining religious naturalism; religious underpinnings of ecology; natural piety; the religious-aesthetic; ecstatic naturalism as deep pantheism; spiritual ecology; African-American religious naturalism; Christian religious naturalism; Dao and water; Confucianism; environmental action; and practices in religious naturalism.

The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, theology, and philosophy. The Handbook will also be useful for those in related fields, such as environmental ethics and ecology.

Reviews

"This collection does far more than describe and defend religious naturalism. The authors explore widely differing varieties of religious naturalism, including varieties found within or evolvable from existing historical religious traditions. The collection also extends beyond religious naturalism as a thought-experiment into investigations of ways in which religious naturalism has formed or might form robust communities of belief, religious reflection, and practice. Other essays probe the soft spots of religiously naturalistic positions, either in the spirit of skepticism regarding their viability or in that of constructive criticism. Altogether the volume is a rich resource that will be a touchstone for discussions of religious naturalism into the foreseeable future." Andrew Dole, Amherst College, USA

"Arguably, only by re-centring religious sentiment on the awe-inspiring workings of nature can the modern world shift to the earth-ethic that is so sorely needed in this era of ecological derangement. Science and philosophy have proved incapable of bringing about the needed value shift. Perhaps only religion, as has been well attested in recent decades, can move hearts and minds on the scale required. This book argues, rigorously and self-critically, for a religion of nature that might indeed, without sacrificing reason, begin to nudge us towards sanity and hope." Freya Mathews, Latrobe University, Australia

"Anderson, Hogue, and White provide fruitful avenues for connecting religious naturalism with liberative frameworks. This handbook acts as a resource for both the layperson and the scholar in the areas of religion and ecology, science and religion, philosophy of religion, ethics, and naturalistic religious practice. The shift away from anthropocentric thinking introduces a myriad of options and invites us to generate new questions, possibilities, and opportunities." Rudolph Reyes III, University of Denver, USA

Table of Contents

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

INTRODUCTION

Donald A. Crosby and Jerome A. Stone

PART I

VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS NATURALISM AND ITS RELATIONS TO OTHER

OUTLOOKS

1. Defining and Defending Religious Naturalism

Jerome A. Stone

2. Religious Naturalism and Its Near Neighbors: Some Live Options

Willem B. Drees

PART II

SOME EARLIER RELIGIOUS NATURALISTS

3. Ernst Haeckel’s Creation: Developing a Non-Reductive Religious Naturalism

Whitney Bauman

4. The Religious Naturalism of Henry Nelson Wieman

Cedric L. Heppler

5. A Unity with the Universe: Schelling, Herder, and Dewey on Natural

Piety

John Shook

6. The Sublime as Sacred: Reading Schopenhauer as a Religious

Naturalist

Abigail T. Wernicki

7. Jaspers’s Philosophical Faith: Toward a Form of Religious

Naturalism

Nicholas J. Wernicki

PART III

PANTHEISM, MATERIALISM, AND THE VALUE-LADENNESS OF NATURE

8. Ecstatic Naturalism as Deep Pantheism

Robert S. Corrington

9. Deus sive Natura: Pantheism as a Variety of Religious Naturalism

Demian Wheeler

10. Matter, Mind, and Meaning

Donald A. Crosby

11. The Solemnity of the World

George Allan

PART IV

ECOLOGY, HUMANS, AND POLITICS IN NATURALISTIC PERSPECTIVE

12. Spiritual Ecology and Religious Naturalism: Exploring their Interrelationships

Leslie E. Sponsel

13. African American Religious Naturalism and the Question of the Human

Carol Wayne White

14. A Political Theology for the Anthropocene

Michael S. Hogue

15. Pragmatic Naturalism and Public Theology:

Prospects of Creative Exchange

Victor Anderson

PART V

RELIGIOUS NATURALISM AND TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS

16. Buddhism and Religious Naturalism

Jay N. Forrest

17. Zen Buddhist Perspectives on Religious Naturalism

Stephanie Kaza

18. One Shawnee’s Reflections on Religious Naturalism

Thomas Norton-Smith

19. Dao and Water: Rethinking Daoism as Naturalism

Jea Sophia Oh

20. A Christian Religious Naturalism

Karl E. Peters

21. Religious Naturalism: Hindu Perspectives

Varadaraja V. Raman

22. Naturalizing Religion

Loyal Rue

23. A Jewish Perspective on Religious Naturalism

Dan Solomon

24. Confucianism as a Form of Religious Naturalism

Mary Evelyn Tucker

PART VI

PUTTING RELIGIOUS NATURALISM INTO PRACTICE

25. Religious Naturalism and the Spirit of Query: Taking Adult Religious Education in a New Direction

Pamela C. Crosby

26. Bringing Religious Naturalism Together Online

Ursula Goodenough

27. Whither Religious Naturalism?

Walter Gulick

28. The Society of Nature and the Religion of Nature

Bruce M. Hannon

29. Practices in Religious Naturalism

Eric Steinhart

30. Naturalistic Spirituality as a Practice

Daniel Strain

PART VII

CRITICAL DISCUSSIONS OF RELIGIOUS NATURALISM

31. The Religious Availability of Religious Naturalism

David E. Conner

32. Holy Nostalgia: Toward a Sympathetic Critique of Religious

Naturalism

Michael L. Raposa

33. Concerning Consecrated Science: The Suspect Wonder of the New Cosmology

LisaH. Sideris

34. Reflecting on Religious Naturalism: Possibilities and Critiques

Philip Hefner

INDEX

About the Editors

Donald A. Crosby is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Colorado State University, USA.

Jerome A. Stone is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, William Rainey Harper College, USA.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL000000
RELIGION / General