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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:  Loyal Rue

“…religious naturalism may be compelling, coherent, and tidy in principle,
but in fact it is ragged, unruly, and tainted with negativity. . . .
Having said all this, I fully expect the day to arrive
when religious naturalism will prevail
as the most universal and influential religious orientation on the planet.”

Loyal Rue has looked closely at benefits religious naturalism can offer, and at challenges it faces and steps that may contribute to moving forward. In “Nature is Enough”, “Religion is not about God“, and other writing, he describes how, as aspects of traditional religions are increasingly seen as problematic, a central story (“everybody’s story” – of origins and evolution) can give a basis for shared values, views, and efforts among cultures.  <continue reading . . .>

Featured topic: Encounters with Art

The painter’s task was to change the way
we see the world, thereby to change the world,
and to change human beings themselves.
Don Cupitt

As they take us beyond how we normally look at things or feel, and as they give a sense of something meaningful and mysterious, encounters with art can be part of what is appreciated as spiritual or religious. Spiritual feelings can occur when creating art, in responding to art, or by joining in to sing along. They can be sought through attending performances or visiting gardens or museums, and they can be appreciated at odd moments, prompted by art we stop to notice in the course of a day. As is shown in articles and works of art that can be accessed from this page, different forms of art each offer special qualities. <click here to go to the Encounters with Art page . . .>

Virtual choir

In 2011, Eric Whiteacre made a TED presentation, describing a project in which musical scores were posted online and people around the world, individually, recorded audio and video clips of themselves singing soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass parts from the score. These were assembled as a “virtual choir”, and posted online – to show both beautiful pieces of music and an online connection among singers, a conductor, design and technical personnel, and listeners.
In the first version, 185 people sang “Lux Aurumque”. In a follow-on project, more than 2,000 voices people “Sleep”.

Virtual Choir 1

 

For a direct link to the website of the
Religious Naturalist Association
click here.

Photo: Pauline Rosenberg