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Alternative Concepts of GodEssays on the Metaphysics of the Divine$
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Andrei Buckareff and Yujin Nagasawa

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722250.001.0001

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On Religious Naturalism

On Religious Naturalism

(p.274) 15 On Religious Naturalism
Alternative Concepts of God

Eric Steinhart

Oxford University Press

Religious naturalists say all divine or sacred things are natural. A unifying framework is presented for religious naturalism. Nature has five religiously significant levels of organization. These are nature as a whole, the universe, solar system, earth, and body. Each level involves power, cyclicality, complexity, and evolution. These levels take their religious contents from the Zygon group, the World Pantheist Movement, the New Atheists, the New Stoics, and the Burners. Religious naturalists have also taken ideas from the Wicca, the Green Sisters, and the Evolutionary Christians. Rituals can be performed at each level. Linkages between all complex things and the cycles of nature entail a positive soteriology. No gods are involved in this religious naturalism.

Keywords:   religious naturalism, spiritual naturalism, pantheism, paganism, cycles, complexity, evolution, gratitude, rituals

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