Taking the Super out of the Supernatural

I recently took part in a symposium to discuss Loyal Rue’s Religion is not About God.  This syposium has been published in the June issue of Zygon.

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TAKING THE SUPER OUT OF THE SUPERNATURAL
(OR A MANIFESTO FOR A LATTER-DAY PANTHEISM)

Abstract

Metaphysical dualities divorce humankind from its natural environment, dualities that can precipitate environmental disaster. Loyal Rue in his Religion Is Not About God (2005) seeks to resolve the abstract modalities of religion and naturalism in a unified monistic eco-centric metaphysic characterized as “religious naturalism.” Rue puts forward proposals for a general naturalistic theory of religion, a theory that lays bare the structural and functional features of religious phenomena as the critical first step on the road to badly needed religion-science realignment. Only then will humanity be equipped to address the environmental imperative.

Keywords: consciousness; naturalism; evolutionary psychology; cognitive science; pantheism; environmentalism.