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date: 30 May 2020

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This chapter demonstrates how works of literature suggest the possibility of natural theology and prompt their readers' thinking along natural theological lines, focusing on two literary examples. The first is Edwin A. Abbott's satirical novel , which illustrates the possibility of natural theology by suggesting that there are dimensions which lie outside the common course of thought and experience, and by attempting to acquaint readers with this possibility via analogy and the stimulation of their imagination. The second is Arthur Schnitzler's short story, ‘Flowers’. The analysis builds on Abbott's central insight that ultimate Reality outruns the scope of ordinary experience, and examines the essential nature of the extraordinary experiential attunement to the ineffable ultimate Reality in which the subject matter of natural theology properly consists.

Keywords: natural theology, literature, Edwin A. Abbott, Flatland, imagination, Arthur Schnitzler, Flowers, ultimate Reality

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