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: Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan shared sense of wonder with an image of the cosmos – as ancient and vast, awe-inspiring and beautiful, a source of mystery beyond imagination. He saw Earth as a tiny lifeboat in the cold expanse of space. And, while he objected to the view that humans are the center of existence, he saw our special status – as rare intelligent life – as one of the precious jewels of creation <continue reading . . .>
Featured topic: Origins
The scientific story of origins (of the cosmos, Earth, and life) has the majesty and power of a modern myth. Beginning with the Big Bang and leading to emergence of life on Earth, it gives an explanation for who we are and how we came to be that is shared in varied cultures around the world. With a short overview of the story (as told by Carl Sagan) and with links to books and videos that add images and detail, this page gives resources for revisiting and exploring a central aspect of a naturalist world view. <click here to go to the Origins page . . .>
Natural wonder: The Sun
Going along with themes of origins and the cosmos, we call attention to a video created with amazing images obtained by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory – the Sun (SDO, Year 3).
For a direct link to the website of the
Religious Naturalist Association
Photo: Pauline Rosenberg