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Religious Naturalism

Taking Nature to Heart


Worldview: a sense of how things are provides a foundation that shapes how we act and feel. 

For religious naturalists:

  • A story of origins (of the cosmos, Earth, and life) gives a sense of who we are and why we are here.
  • An understanding of natural laws give a sense of what seems possible and real.
  • Naturalist views on life give perspectives on mortality, and on relationships among people and ecosystems.
  • As views of human nature explain why we do the things we do, they affect what we expect of ourselves and others.
  • Along with practical perspectives, a naturalist understanding can include religious/spiritual responses, with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the intricate order and beauty in the world.

In some religious traditions, and as an option in of religious naturalism, the search for knowledge (with active effort to understand the ways of nature) can, itself, be a part of spiritual practice.

This website gives an overview of selected topics, plus links to sites with additional detail.