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Concluding Remarks: Religion without Metaphysics

Howard Wettstein

in The Significance of Religious Experience

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199841363
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950003 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841363.003.0013
Concluding Remarks: Religion without Metaphysics

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This chapter highlights what is perhaps most distinctive and most controversial about the approach presented in this book: the divorce between religion and metaphysics. One aspect is the idea that religious life can proceed in a way that is philosophically naïve, the pictures that the traditional texts encourage taken at face value. Another is the idea that religious conceptions not be seen as at the surface of an underlying metaphysical picture. Instead, religious institutions embody procedures for the encouragement and development of a unique sort of responsiveness, related but not reducible to ethical and aesthetic responsiveness.

Keywords: religion; metaphysics; religious life; religious institutions

Chapter.  3117 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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