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Sense and Goodness Without God A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism

If God does not exist, then what does? Is there good and evil, and should we care? How do we know what’s true anyway? And can we make any sense of this universe, or our own lives? Sense and Goodness answers all these questions in lavish detail, without complex jargon. A complete worldview is presented and defended, covering every subject from knowledge to art, from metaphysics to morality, from theology to politics. Topics include free will, the nature of the universe, the meaning of life, and much more, arguing from scientific evidence that there is only a physical, natural world without gods or spirits, but that we can still live a life of love, meaning, and joy. ~ Product Description

Table of Contents (Abridged)

  • I. Introduction
    • 1. What This Is – 3
    • 2. How I Got Here – 9
  • II. How We Know
    • 1. Philosophy: What It Is and Why You Should Care – 23
    • 2. Understanding the Meaning in What We Think and Say – 27
    • 3. Method – 49
  • III. What There Is
    • 1. The Idea of a “Worldview” – 65
    • 2. A General Outline of Metaphysical Naturalism – 67
    • 3. The Nature and Origin of the Universe – 71
    • 4. The Fixed Universe and Freedom of the Will – 97
    • 5. What Everything is Made of – 119
    • 6. The Nature of Mind – 135
    • 7. The Meaning of Life – 161
    • 8. How Did We Get Here? – 165
    • 9. The Nature of Reason – 177
    • 10. The Nature of Emotion – 193
  • IV. What There Isn’t
    • 1. Not Much Place for the Paranormal – 211
    • 1.1 Science and the Supernatural – 213
    • 1.2 Miracles and Historical Method – 227
    • 2. Atheism: Seven Reasons to be Godless – 253
  • V. Natural Morality
    • 1. Secular Humanism vs. Christian Theism – 293
    • 2. Morality in Metaphysical Naturalism – 313
    • 3. Moral Conclusions: Tying it All Together – 345
  • VI. Natural Beauty
    • 1. Beauty as Emotional Appraisal – 351
    • 2. Eight Rules of Beauty – 353
    • 3. Beauty in Human Life – 361
  • VII. Natural Politics
    • 1. Morality vs. Politics – 369
    • 2. The Rationality of the Moderate – 371
    • 3. Basic Political Theory – 375
    • 4. The Politics of Metaphysical Naturalism – 381
    • 5. My Politics – 389
    • 6. The Secular Humanist’s Heaven – 405
  • VIII. Conclusion – 409
    • Index – 415