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I. Philosophy

Naturalism is a polysemous concept; its meaning depends on whether it is used (1) affirmatively or (2) with critical intention, depending on the presupposed understanding of nature.

1. Affirmative naturalism.

When (a) the one nature of all things is contained in God in such a way that nothing can be contrasted with it, the gods and human beings are also (and unconditionally) conceived of as p…

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Meyer-Abich, Klaus Michael, Danz, Christian, Kitschen, Friederike and Hurst, Matthias, “Naturalism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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