Welcome

This site presents information and links designed to introduce religious naturalism (RN) to those who are not yet familiar with it. And, for those who respect science as a foundation for understanding what is real, it provides resources for exploring a religious orientation that appreciates the mystery, order, and beauty in the world and the spiritual part of ourselves.

Menu options, shown above and to the right, identify topics that can be examined. And, every week or two, as is shown below, a new featured topic is presented on this home page.

 

Music

Music plays a central role in most reFloutist-FStrinoligions. It sets moods, reinforces messages and, with group song or chant, can help people feel connected.

Some say “music is my religion.” Concerts, not church, are where they gather with people who share their beliefs – to listen to songs that have meaning and to be, at times, moved and inspired.

Some music examines connections with nature and other themes related to RN. Also, separate from beliefs, we can be moved by a gospel choir, a Gregorian chant, or a sitar raga and appreciate how, with melody, tones, and rhythm – often wholly separate from words – people can express and experience a sense of something spiritual.

Links:

Musical selections
Dougie McLean. I Feel So Near
Ziggy Marley. Love Is My Religion
…..Iris DeMent. Let the Mystery Be
     Tracy Chapman, Heaven’s Here on Earth
…..Peter Mayer, Blue Boat Home 
…..Carrie Newcomer, Room at the Table
Paul Winter Consort. Wolf Eyes
Beethoven. Moonlight Sonata
Beethoven. 6th Symphony (Pastoral)
TED talks about music (top 10)
A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong
Emergent Universe Oratorio
Environmental songs and music


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

Photo: Pauline Rosenberg
Painting: Gianni Strino, The Flautist