preternaturalism


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pre·ter·nat·u·ral

 (prē′tər-năch′ər-əl, -năch′rəl)
adj.
1. Surpassing what is normal or usual; extraordinary: "Below his preternatural affability there is some acid and steel" (George F. Will).
2. Transcending the natural or material order; supernatural.

[Medieval Latin praeternātūrālis, from Latin praeter nātūrām, beyond nature : praeter, beyond; see preterite + nātūra, nature; see nature.]

pre′ter·nat′u·ral·ism n.
pre′ter·nat′u·ral·ly adv.
pre′ter·nat′u·ral·ness n.
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Perhaps a more realistic and fruitful approach would be to portray the evolutionary story as an epic narrative that inspires awe and wonder and that, due to its evidence-based nature, can affect self-identity and behavior in ways that are more effective in promoting all-around wellbeing and happiness than are the fictional events of myth and religious preternaturalism.
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