Reenchantment Without Supernaturalism: A Process Philosophy of Religion

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Cornell University Press, 2001 - Philosophy - 426 pages

The process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne has made many distinctive contributions to the philosophy of religion. David Ray Griffin now offers the first full-scale philosophy of religion written from this perspective, discussing such topics as the relationship between science and religion, the validity of religious experience, the nature and existence of God, religious pluralism, creation and evolution, and the problem of evil. Griffin's clear and comprehensive book also serves as a valuable introduction to process philosophy itself.In his vigorous defense of a worldview that is fully naturalistic and fully religious, Griffin shows not only how this position reconciles naturalism with freedom, genuine religious experience, and even life after death, but also how its naturalistic theism "reenchants" the world in the sense of providing cosmic support for moral values.Highly original and sometimes controversial, Griffin's book develops its stance in conversation with influential proponents of other philosophical positions, including William P. Alston, Jürgen Habermas, John Hick, Colin McGinn, Alvin Plantinga, Hilary Putnam, Willard Quine, Ninian Smart, Jeffrey Stout, and Bernard Williams.

 

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Contents

Religion Science and Naturalism
20
Perception and Religious Experience
52
Panexperientialism Freedom and the MindBody Relation
94
Naturalistic Dipolar Theism
129
Natural Theology Based on Naturalistic Theism
169
Evolution Evil and Eschatology
204
The Two Ultimates and the Religions
247
Religion Morality and Civilization
285
Religious Language and Truth
320
Religious Knowledge and Common Sense
352
References
393
Index
417
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David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. Among his many books are Religion and Scientific Naturalism: Overcoming the Conflicts; Unsnarling the World-Knot: Consciousness, Freedom, and the Mind-Body Problem; and Evil Revisited: Responses and Reconsiderations.

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