Jacob Waschenfelder



JSS 1.2

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JSS 1.2 The World Suffices: Spiritualities without the Supernatural

by Professor Jacob Waschenfelder, University of Alberta, Canada
Journal for the Study of Spirituality 1, no. 2, 2011, pp. 171-186

This essay affirms some of the basic insights of the so-called New Atheists, while criticizing their narrow definition of religion as belief in God as a supernatural being. It then attempts to explore the liminal space between the atheists’ scornful rejection of all things religious and the still-pervasive belief in God as a supernatural being by pointing to two authors, one an atheist and one a post-traditional theist, who advance novel spiritualities in accord with a twenty-first century scientific worldview.

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