The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Seven Types of Everyday Miracle

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Donald A. Crosby
  • Albany, NY: 
    State University of New York Press
    , April
     192 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Holly Folk forthcoming.


Explores miracles as dimensions of everyday existence through the lens of religious naturalism.

Miracles are usually regarded as an intrusion of a supernatural force upsetting the normal workings and laws of the universe, but if one is attentive to the natural world, one can instead find miracles beneath the surface of everyday existence. This outlook is part of Donald A. Crosby’s religious naturalism, which he terms Religion of Nature, a belief system that posits the natural world to be the only world, without any underlying or transcending supernatural being, presence, or power. In The Extraordinary in the Ordinary, Crosby explores seven types of everyday miracles, such as time, language, and love, to show that the miraculous and ordinary are not opposed to each other. Rather, it is when we acknowledge the sacred depths and dimensions of everyday existence that we recognize the miracles that constantly surround us.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Donald A. Crosby is professor emeritus of philosophy at Colorado State University and the author of many books, including The Thou of Nature: Religious Naturalism and Reverence for Sentient Life; More Than Discourse: Symbolic Expressions of Naturalistic Faith; and Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism, all published by SUNY Press.


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