Religious Naturalism and Science

Willem B. Drees

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Religious Naturalism and Science


Religious belief seems to be about the conviction that there is more than nature. Naturalism is perceived as the claim that there is nothing but nature. Is naturalism therefore an atheistic position, that which should be disproved in ‘religion and science’? That seems to be the religious agenda of quite a few in ‘religion and science’. This article holds that it may well be more fruitful to accept ‘naturalism’ as an understanding of reality with which people have to live, and to explore religious options within the context of naturalism. It considers some reasons for and against a naturalistic position. Subsequent sections explore some of the religious and theological options in association with naturalism. Basically, these are treated as pertaining to two kinds of naturalism: namely, theistic naturalism and religious naturalism.

Keywords: naturalism; religious belief; religion; theistic naturalism; religious naturalism; atheist

Article.  7284 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science

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