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  • Jerome A. Stone

    1. Jerome A. Stone is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL; affiliated community minister with the Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL; and on the adjunct faculty of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. He may be contacted at 2323 McDaniel, #4116, Evanston, IL 60201, USA; e-mail:
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Abstract The views of eleven writers who develop a naturalized spirituality, from Baruch Spinoza and George Santayana to Sam Harris, André Comte-Sponville, Ursula Goodenough, and Sharon Welch and others are presented. Then the writer's own theory is developed. This is a pluralistic notion of sacredness, an adjective referring to unmanipulable events of overriding importance. The difficulties in using traditional religious words, such as God and spiritual are addressed.