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Reenchantment without Supernaturalism: A Process Philosophy of Religion (Cornell Studies in the Philosophy of Religion)

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"This is both a clear and accurate introduction to the metaphysical philosophy of A.N. Whitehead, using much of his self-devised technical language, and an examination of all the questions of philosophical theology from that viewpoint."―Theology, November/December 2001

"Griffin deserves high marks for elevating process thought onto a level of respectability, even among analytically oriented thinkers."―Ernest Wolf-Gazo, The American University, Egypt. Transcendent Philosophy, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 2001

"Occasionally, a book comes along that is definitive for its field of study, a book that marks a milestone in thought. . . . Griffin has written just such a book―a book that, by all rights, should mark a watershed in the academic study of religion. . . . Griffin makes about as strong a case as one can in a single volume for a genuine and viable alternative."―Jeffery D. Long, Elizabethtown College. The Journal of Religion, Vol. 82, Nos. 1 and 2

"Because of its novel formulations and its responses to questions in contemporary philosophy of religion, this book is recommended mainly to those who are process 'insiders.' Its novel formulations and responses to questions of scientific concern make this book a resource to scientists seeking answers that are both religiously and scientifically adequate. Due to the comprehensive presentation of process thought in Reenchantment Without Supernaturalism, this book is recommended to those who want to decide for themselves what they've previously only heard others praise or criticize."―Thomas Jay Oord, Ph.D., Eastern Nazarene College. Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology, April 2002

"In this work, Griffin has provided a careful, thorough, and thoughtful account of what process philosophy of religion involves. Remarkably comprehensive, he uses this work to cover everything from human personhood and morality to evil and the concept of God. He is explicit in his understanding of what religion involves, and it is reassuring to see a philosopher of religion spending much time on what is often assumed rather than discussed. . . This is a mature work that offers an excellent and comprehensive philosophy of religion from the standpoint of process thought. . . Religion is revealed as the attempt to connect with reality, and it is this rather beautiful vision of the need for an engagement with the awesome world around us that remains long after the book has been finished."―Beverly Clack, Ars Disputandi, March 2002

"In this important work David Ray Griffin provides an admirably lucid exposition of the central theses of Process Philosophy, and argues for its superiority both over materialist naturalism and supernaturalist theism. . . . Griffin's criticisms both of materialistic naturalism and of traditional supernaturalist theism are to be taken seriously."―Peter Forrest, University of New England, Australian Journal of Philosophy, 80:3, September 2002

"David Ray Griffin, at present the leading proponent of process theism, provides his readers with a full-scale process philosophy of religion. Writing from his own perspective, he discusses in a clear and knowledgeable manner all of the fundamental topics in the philosophy of religion while engaging in conversations with many leading analytic philosophers of religion. There is no other single volume that provides such a comprehensive analysis of process philosophy of religion."―Eugene Thomas Long, Professor of Philosophy, The University of South Carolina

"In this comprehensive study, David Griffin gives us not only the most up-to-date process philosophy of religion, but also the most cogent statement of his own leading interpretation of process thought. He corrects supernaturalistic theism with a naturalistic version of theism, and refines reigning versions of naturalism with a Whiteheadian account. The result is a reenchanted worldview."―Nancy Frankenberry, Dartmouth College
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Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Studies in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801486572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801486579
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 14, 2001
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This is a superb and forceful presentation of the various reasons why the atheism and materialism that emerged with the scientific spirit is so completely inadequate for describing the fullness of human flourishing...including our moral judgments, our aesthetic experiences, our religious perceptions, and even for our scientific pursuits! This book suggests a new and coherent worldview wherein theologians and scientists are no longer suspicious enemies of one another, but fellow contributors to a more integrated understanding of human existence. Moreover, the book's portrait of a God without miracles, while not for everyone, is presented persuasively, so that even a detractor must appreciate the relevancy, adequacy, and coherence of this more liberal religious perspective. Finally, anyone interested in the philosophy of Whitehead will find that this book is not only a glorious and thorough introduction to process philosophy, but that it contributes significantly to the resolution of some of the mysteries and inconsistencies of Whitehead's own thought and that of his interpreters. This is Griffin at his best!
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Reenchantment Without Supernaturalism: A Process Philosophy of Religion by David Ray Griffin (hereafter RWS) is a vast work. because of the nature of this book-namely, its place as, essentially, an outlining and explication of a religion-I feel it is necessary to continue discussion of this work past the present review. I'll be doing a series on Process Philosophy.

RWS covers an incredibly broad range of topics. Summing up a work of this scope would take too much space, so I'll give only a brief outline. The central doctrines of Process Philosophy are (quoted at length):

1) "The integration of moral, aesthetic, and religious intuitions with the most general doctrines of the sciences into a self-consistent worldview as one of the central tasks of philosophy in our time" (5)

2) "Hard-core commonsense notions as the ultimate test of the adequacy of a philosophical position" (5)

3) "Whitehead's nonsensationist doctrine of perception, according to which sensory perception is a secondary mode of perception, being derivative from a more nonsensory `prehension'"(5)

4) "Panexperientialism with organizational duality, according to which all the true individuals...
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Not an easy read, if you wonder whether there can be a rational belief in a teleology for the universe, then this book will help you.
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