A Faith for the Future: Why Traditional Religion Is the Preferable Form of Evolutionary Religion

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Abstract

In the philosophy of J. L. Schellenberg, “evolutionary religion” is a religious stance oriented towards the deep future. According to Schellenberg, the best form of evolutionary religion is non-doxastic faith in ultimism. I reject Schellenberg’s arguments for preferring ultimism and suggest that committing non-doxastically to traditional religion makes more sense from an evolutionary perspective. I argue that the alignment argument for traditional religion remains sound even when the deep future is considered. Furthermore, I assess Schellenberg’s claim that humanity is religiously immature.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy

Keywords

  • Evolutionary Religion
  • Non-Doxastic Religion
  • Faith
  • Ultimism
  • Schellenberg

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