Secular Spirituality and the Logic of Giving Thanks

Sophia 49 (4):523-534 (2010)

John Bishop
Baylor University
Some atheists are attracted to the idea of a secular spirituality that carries no commitment to the existence of God or anything similar. Is this a coherent possibility? This paper seeks to define what we mean by a ‘spirituality’ by examining Robert C. Solomon’s defence of spirituality for the religious skeptic, and pursues the question of its coherence by reflecting on what is implied by taking thankfulness to be a proper response to our existence
Keywords Spirituality  Naturalism  Atheism  Gratitude  Trust  Concepts of God  Richard Dawkins  Robert C. Solomon
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DOI 10.1007/s11841-010-0216-2
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