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Goodenough, U. (2003). Religious naturalism and naturalizing morality. Zygon, 38(1), 101-109. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9744.00482
I first offer some reflections on the term religious naturalism. I then outline how moral thought might be configured in the context of religious naturalism. It is proposed that the goal of morality is to generate a flourishing community and that humans negotiate their social interactions using moral capacities that are cultivated in the context of culture. Six such capacities are considered: strategic reciprocity, humaneness, fair–mindedness, courage, reverence, and mindfulness. Moral capacities are contrasted with moral susceptibilities, fueled by self–interest, and brought to the fore in times of stress and humiliation. The essay is in two parts. I first respond to Jerome Stone's query as to the nature of religious naturalism. This is followed by the text of my presentation at the 2001 AAR meeting.
Goodenough, Ursula, "Religious Naturalism and Naturalizing Morality" (2003). Biology Faculty Publications & Presentations. 99.