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Varieties of Religious Naturalism


“We are in the midst of a revelatory experience of the universe…
and we need only wander about telling this new story to ignite a transformation of humanity.”

Brian Swimme

There is no one version of religious naturalism. Rather, there exists a trove of writings, art, and music that explore its potential.

Lists below provide links to books and websites that religious naturalists can learn from and draw from – to expand understanding of varied perspectives on religious naturalism and related topics, and how these may be considered or put into practice.



A Fistful of Stars: Communing with the Cosmos Gail Colins-Randive, Milt Hetrick
A Freethinker’s Gospel Chris Highland
A God That Could Be Real Nancy Ellen Abrams
A Religion of Nature Donald A. Crosby
Atheopaganism Mark Green
Believing in Dawkins: The New Spiritual Atheism Eric Steinhart
Biotheology: A New Synthesis of Science and Religion Michael Cavanaugh
Black Lives and Sacred Humanity: Toward an African American Religious Naturalism Carol Wayne White
Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Sacred Victoria Loorz
Cosmogenisis Brian Swimme
Dancing with the Sacred Karl Peters
Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future Bron Taylor
Einstein’s God: A Way of Being Spiritual Without the Supernatural Todd Macalister
Elements of Pantheism: A Spirituality of Nature and the Universe Paul Harrison
Everybody’s Story Loyal Rue
Evolutionary Religion J. L. Schellenberg
Exploring Spiritual Naturalism, Year 1 DT Strain
For Small Creatures Such as We: Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World Sasha Sagan
From the Big Bang to God Lloyd Geering
How to be Animal Melanie Challenge
Living with Ambiguity: Religious Naturalism and the Menace of Evil Donald A. Crosby
Looking to Nature: Exploring a Modern Way of Being Spiritual Without the Supernatural Todd Macalister
Meditations of John Muir Chris Highland
More than Discourse Donald A. Crosby
Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism Donald A. Crosby
Nature is Enough: Religious Naturalism and the Meaning of Life Loyal Rue
Nature’s Sublime: An Essay in Aesthetic Naturalism Robert S. Corrington

Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion

Lionel Corbett
Quantum Physics and Ultimate Reality: Mystical Writings of Great Physicists Michael Green
Reason and Reverence William R. Murry
Reflections: On Time, Culture, and Spirits in America Denis McCarty
Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion Stuart A. Kaufman
Religion, Science and Naturalism Willem B. Drees
Religion within the Limits of History’s Alone: Pragmatic Historicism and the Future of Theology Demian Wheeler
Religious and Spiritual Experiences  Wesley J. Wildman
Rooted Lyanda Haupt
Religious Naturalism Today Jerome A. Stone
Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism multiple authors
Sacred Nature Karen Armstrong
Science and Religious Anthropology: A Spiritually Evocative Naturalist Interpretation of Human Life Wesley J. Wildman

Spinoza’s Religion: A New Reading of the Ethics

Clare Carlisle
Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist Sharman Apt Russell
Thank God for Evolution Michael Dowd
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself Sean Carroll
The Biology of Wonder: Aliveness, Feeling and the Metamorphosis of Science
Andreas Weber
The Bonobo and The Atheist Franz de Waal
The Legacy of Anne Conway: Reverberations From A Mystical Naturalist Carol Wayne White
The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality Andre Comte-Sponville
The New Universe and the Human Future Nancy Ellen Abrams and Joel Primack
The Promise of Religious Naturalism Michael S. Hogue
The Sacred Depths of Nature Ursula Goodenough
The Thou of Nature Donald A. Crosby
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God Carl Sagan

The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find our Place in the Universe

Jeremy Lent
Therefore Choose Life George Wald
Thus Let Me Live: An Essay in Humanism C. W. Vail
What is God and How Does it Work? Ken Dahl
When God is Gone, Everything is Holy Chet Raymo
Wisdom for a New Era:  Balancing Nature, Science, and Belief Benjamin C. Godfrey


Websites (Some of these sites are currently dormant but are included in hopes that they will revive!)

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