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Nature's Grace

Essays on H.N. Wieman's Finite Theism


Marvin C Shaw

Henry Nelson Wieman (1884-1975) was the leading member of the group of religious naturalists associated with the University of Chicago. Beginning in the Twenties, members of this group worked out the religious implications of a wholly naturalistic view of reality. With striking originality, Wieman transformed the influence of John Dewey and Alfred North Whitehead into his «naturalistic theism,» the vision of the divine as an immanent and finite creativity at work within the evolving universe. These critical essays reveal the problems in Wieman's quest for a naturalistic interpretation of the reality of God.