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Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism by Donald A. Crosby (review)

Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism by Donald A. Crosby (review) American Journal of Theology and Philosophy does not matter to religion. “The question of the world is dismissed” (94). Such positions would be better described as religious nonsupernaturalisms since “naturalism” is for them just a placeholder. Unlike the books mentioned above by de Caro and Macarthur, the papers in this collection develop naturalism as an answer to both an intellectual problem and an existential problem (3). Each one is clearly written and fitting to the topic. They therefore witness to a wide range of religious options that are largely ignored in philosophy of religion textbooks but that are nevertheless available to those who embrace the idea that there is but one world and seek an ultimate source of value and purpose within it. Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism. Donald A. Crosby. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015. xv + 188 pp. $75 cloth, $26.95 paper. (Reviewed by Scot D. Yoder, Michigan State University.) Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism is the fifth book on religious naturalism that Donald Crosby has published (all by SUNY Press) since 2002, and it must be seen in that context. Religion of Nature (2002) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Theology & Philosophy University of Illinois Press

Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism by Donald A. Crosby (review)

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American Journal of Theology and Philosophy does not matter to religion. “The question of the world is dismissed” (94). Such positions would be better described as religious nonsupernaturalisms since “naturalism” is for them just a placeholder. Unlike the books mentioned above by de Caro and Macarthur, the papers in this collection develop naturalism as an answer to both an intellectual problem and an existential problem (3). Each one is clearly written and fitting to the topic. They therefore witness to a wide range of religious options that are largely ignored in philosophy of religion textbooks but that are nevertheless available to those who embrace the idea that there is but one world and seek an ultimate source of value and purpose within it. Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism. Donald A. Crosby. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015. xv + 188 pp. $75 cloth, $26.95 paper. (Reviewed by Scot D. Yoder, Michigan State University.) Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism is the fifth book on religious naturalism that Donald Crosby has published (all by SUNY Press) since 2002, and it must be seen in that context. Religion of Nature (2002)

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American Journal of Theology & PhilosophyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Oct 30, 2017

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