Tenets of religious naturalism

No set principles or beliefs are associated with religious naturalism.

In general, religious naturalists:

Hold a naturalist worldview:

with belief that all occurs through natural processes
(with no supernatural beings or events) and
use of methods of science and an understanding of natural laws
as a basis for determining what seems real.

Respect religion:

as a realm that gives ways of responding to the unknown and promotes values, community, and ways of seeking well-being, and
as something that can be a valued part of personal experience.

Feel that a religious sense can be grounded in an understanding of the natural world.

Look to nature as a point of reference for considering values.

With this, see well-being and survival as values and
relationships and interdependence as central to life.

Recognize challenges:

to individuals (in maintaining well-being),
among groups (in co-existence), and
with respect to natural ecosystems (in considering and achieving balance).

Recognize aspects of human nature as a cause of many problems,
and look to aspects of human capability to try to work toward solutions.

With this sense of what is, some goals and values include:

seeking knowledge and understanding,
emotional responses to the mystery and wonders of the world,
attitudes of humility, compassion, appreciation, cooperation, and respect, and
efforts toward self-awareness, kindness, and social and ecologic balance.

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