Religious Naturalism

a worldview grounded in the sciences, humanities, and arts

Religious Naturalism

a worldview grounded in the sciences, humanities, and arts

What Is Religious Naturalism?

What Is Religious Naturalism?

Natural Beliefs

An interview with Ursula Goodenough, president of the Religious Naturalist Association

Natural Beliefs

An interview with Ursula Goodenough, president of the Religious Naturalist Association

Key Concepts

Naturalism

Naturalism is a view that all that exists and all that occurs is due to natural processes. It includes respect for science as the best way of understanding (based on evidence) what, objectively, is real; and it respects art and age-old wisdom as giving insights into human nature and how things seem and feel.

A Central Story

The modern story of our origins, via a “Big Bang” and evolution, gives ways of understanding ourselves and our world that can be shared by all people worldwide; and serve as a foundation for considering why things are as they are and why we act the ways we do, and how we can learn to do better.

Religious Responses

As we are amazed and moved by the wonders of our lives and our world, and as we want good lives for our children and those who will follow, we try to notice, appreciate, care, and to act in ways that are good – for ourselves, and for our families and communities, and for the world.

Why Religious Naturalism Matters

A Focus on Nature

Focus on nature encourages us to spend time in and learn about the natural world. As this reminds us of the wonders and beauty of life and adds depth to our understanding, it gives spiritual, as well as practical reasons, to enjoy and preserve the natural environments that sustain us.

A Way of Saying We Care

Seeing ourselves as religious naturalists is a way of saying that, in addition to having a naturalist view, grounded in science, we also care; and we try to act in ways that contribute to the well-being of other people, other creatures, and our world.

Something We Can Believe

As increasing numbers are unable to believe supernatural aspects of religions, a naturalist view can give a give a foundation for morals and values, images that can inspire, and reasons for consolation and hope – in ways that fit with what we understand is real.

Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

Carl Sagan

The Religious Naturalist Association

RNA is a worldwide community of people interested in exploring or expressing support for the religious naturalist orientation.

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