As advances in science have changed the ways we see ourselves and our world, approaches to religion have changed. For those who have a naturalist sense of what seems possible and real, religious naturalism (RN) gives ways of considering the mystery, order, and beauty in the world and expressing the spiritual part of ourselves.
This site covers topics that have long been considered by religions, but are looked at with different eyes with a naturalist view. It includes links to additional information and ideas, and links to some of the workings and wonders of the natural world. Check the menu options to see more.
Featured author: Chet Raymo
For decades, Chet Raymo has posted “Science Musings,” with reflections on the natural world and science as a creative activity. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including “When God is Gone, Everything is Holy.” Through these he has provided a broad journey, enhanced by poetry and art, through perceptions that are part of the heart of religious naturalism. <continue reading . . .>
Since ancient times, the winter solstice has been accompanied by festivals and observance. This page shares thoughts, images, and artistic interpretations of how some people understand and reflect on this time of the year. <click here to visit the Winter Solstice page>
Voyage to Virgo
This short video gives a narrated journey showing the beauty and vast distances in the cosmos – from Earth toward the Orion nebula and out beyond the Milky Way, past distant galaxies to a black hole in the Virgo cluster. It can be viewed with narration from Joel Primack (the journey begins at 1:35) or just with music composed by Nancy Abrams (both of whom are on the Board of Advisors of the Religious Naturalist Association). <click here to view the video>
Encounters with nature
As they offer lessons and reminders and affect our focus and mood, activities as simple as gardening, gazing at stars, or a walk in the woods may include something spiritual/religious . . . <continue reading . . .>
News: RNA Advisor, Lynne Quarmby, Walks the Walk
Religious naturalists take their commitment to Ecomorality seriously, but do so in different ways: some simply think about it a lot; some take on climate-change-denier Uncle Fred at Thanksgiving dinner; some donate to activist organizations; and many practice forms of eco-mindedness that range from recycling to eating locally grown food to driving a Prius. RNA Advisor Lynne Quarmby goes the extra distance. As detailed here, she and others were arrested for taking on Kinder Morgan, a company planning a tar sands pipeline extension through Burnaby Mountain near Vancouver. (continue reading > >)
For a direct link to the website of the
Religious Naturalist Association
Photo: Pauline Rosenberg