What is Religious Naturalism
“ . . . religious naturalism is
a profoundly meaningful strand of wisdom
widely woven into the tapestry
that is religion on planet Earth.”
“I am a deeply religious nonbeliever.
This is a somewhat new kind of religion.”
As is contained in its name, religious naturalism has two central aspects.
One is a naturalist view of how things happen in the world – in which the natural world is all there is (and that nothing other than natural, including an active personal God, may cause events in the world).
The other is appreciation of religion (which, for many, is mainly personal), with a view that Nature can be a focus of religious attention.
Naturalist views, grounded in science, provide a framework for understanding what seems real. These include a central story, the epic of evolution, that explains the origins of the cosmos and humans, with perspectives from which to consider why we do what we do.
Religious orientation includes spiritual responses, which can include feelings of appreciation, gratitude, humility, reverence, and joy at the wonder of being alive. It also includes moral responses, involving values rooted in nature – to seek justice and cooperation among social groups and balance in ecosystems.
Beyond these basic premises, religious naturalism has no dogmas or specific beliefs, and it includes a range of views on different topics.
As is explained throughout this website, for those who do not participate in organized religion, and for many of those who do, religious naturalism can serve as a basis for personal spiritual/religious orientation and a foundation for considering life questions.
Ursula Goodenough, Are you a religious naturalist without knowing it?
Jerome Stone, What is religious naturalism?
Donald Crosby. Religious naturalism and its place in the family of religions
Donald Crosby, Religion of nature as a form of religious naturalism
Micheal Battenberg, Confessions of a religious naturalist
Tom Clark. Spirituality without faith
Religious Naturalism: A Balance (UUgateway video, Reverend Ron Phares)
Religious Naturalism Resources – Boston University
Descriptions and definitions (WikiQuotes)
Wikipedia. Religious naturalism
Roots of religious naturalism
Taking Nature to Heart
A worldview grounded in science that provides a foundation for a way of being in the world that is both inspiring and personally rewarding.