Supernatural Explanations and Inspirations


  • Stephen R. L. Clark University of Liverpool



I propose, in partial response to the rich essays by Millican & Thornhill-Miller and Salamon that religious traditions are too diverse to be represented either by a cosmological core or even (though this is more plausible) an ethical. Religious sensibility is more often inspirational than explanatory, does not always require a transcendent origin of all things (however reasonable that thesis may be in the abstract), and does not always support the sort of humanistic values preferred in the European Enlightenment. A widely shared global religion is more likely to be eclectic than carefully ‘rational’, and is likely to be opposed by a more overtly ‘supernatural’ project founded in revelation.


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How to Cite

Clark, Stephen R. L. 2017. “Supernatural Explanations and Inspirations”. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (3):49-63.



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