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: Ursula Goodenough
Ursula Goodenough is one of the best-known voices in religious naturalism. She is author of the best-selling book, The Sacred Depths of Nature which, in examining cosmology, evolution, cell biology, and aspects of life, celebrates the mystery and wonder of being alive and suggests that religious naturalism can serve as the basis for a “planetary ethic” that draws from both science and religion. (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 > >)
Current theme: Personal religion
To be, or not to be, religious?
For many, this is not a question. In some families and communities, it is required.
For the rest of us, religion is a choice, and the place it may have in our lives is based on worldviews, attitudes, and occasional or regular activities that form our own personal approach to religion. (continue reading > > )
“Ode to a Flower”, Richard Feynman
A brief (1 minute) animated video, on how an understanding of science can add to, not detract from, appreciation of the beauty of a flower.
For a direct link to the website of the
Religious Naturalist Association
Photo: Pauline Rosenberg