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Excellent BeautyThe Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World$
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Eric Dietrich

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171021

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.001.0001

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The Personal Mystery and the Impersonal God

The Personal Mystery and the Impersonal God

(p.155) Twelve The Personal Mystery and the Impersonal God
Excellent Beauty

Eric Dietrich

Columbia University Press

This chapter addresses the pointed question of “So what?” with regard to the excellent beauties. More broadly, it seeks to define the excellent beauties as separate from religion, even as it defends the use the excellent beauties might have in enriching the lives of human beings. This question returns us to the debate between science and religion: in that religious mysteries reveal problems with religions, yet scientific mysteries (i.e. the excellent beauties) reveal how strange the universe really is. One can conclude then that the mysteries themselves are real, and are freely available for anyone to ponder and to be inspired by.

Keywords:   so what, excellent beauties, human beings, religious mysteries, scientific mysteries, universe

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