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Toward a naturalistic foundation of community: How science can solve the spiritual crisis?

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This chapter explores how a new scientific understanding of the processes within the natural world could reshape our understanding and need for community and promote a spiritual stance. The traditional understanding of community limits the usefulness of the communal concept to human beings who live in communities for mutual support. According to the Abrahamic religions, man was created as an individual and as such lives as a separate unit before God. Woman was given to Adam almost as an afterthought. This creation story goes against any naturalistic foundation of community. Scientific methodology with its emphasis on openness, empirical testing and trust in falsification could help in developing and promoting a concept of community, free of ideological force. Such a society could focus on providing a good, decent, and happy life here on earth, not unlike the kind of life secular society.

Keywords: Abrahamic religions; concept of community; creation story; naturalistic foundation of community; science; spiritual crisis



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