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Religion and Human Nature$
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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.001.0001

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(p.324) 15 Conclusion
Religion and Human Nature

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the varying views of different religions on human nature and destiny. The analysis of four main religious views and one non-religious view reveals that the differences between religious traditions are nowhere clearer than in their views of human nature and that there are a number of variant positions that can be taken concerning the place of human life in the universe. At the general level, most religious views seek liberation from the self and the attainment of a blissful and compassionate experience. This book concludes that views of nature will continue to remain diverse given the fact of human finitude, partiality, and obstinacy.

Keywords:   human nature, destiny, religion, self, religious views

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