For all naturalists and humanists who have a religious or spiritual inclination,
Started by Site Administrator Mar 8, 2011.
Started by Site Administrator Mar 6, 2011.
This is the place to discuss the emerging paradigm of Religious Naturalism
This is a social network for developing Religious Naturalism. It is a community of like-minded individuals who discuss ideas and matters pertinent to a naturalistic philosophy. It will grow into the primary meeting place for naturalists of various viewpoints who become friends, share insights, debate in open forums, enrich and support each other and grow the concept of Religious Naturalism - a rationality with feelings.
Big Tent for Religious Naturalists
a broad spectrum of naturalistic perspectives
website - http://religiousnaturalist.org
Religious Naturalism is a worldview that is devoid of supernatural assumptions. It has both physical and spiritual aspects to it. It is physical (naturalistic) in that it uses objective science and rational reasoning to determine the truths in our existence. It is spiritual in that it advocates a sincere, subjective interpretation of, feeling for, and behavior towards our being. Nature and the mystery of it all are revered in a sacred way. When we call the Universe sacred, we are merely stating that we experience an emotional response to contemplating it, or engaging with it. We do not worship it.
We feel a solemn gratitude for our existence, a reverence for how life works, awe for the majesty and mystery in the Cosmos and proclaim a commitment to the continuation of life on Earth. We propose a planetary ethic that seeks to coexist with established traditions. We advocate for stewardship of the earth's ecology. We belief in rightful moral behavior.
The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) is an august group of scientists and theologians that have been working since 1954 to bridge the gap between the two. Religious Naturalism is a sprouting of their efforts. It is thus a modern paradigm, but its roots can be traced back to the Greek philosophers, the pantheism of Spinoza (All is God -1675) and the beliefs of many native people. It has elements that find similarity in some Quakers, Jews, Unitarian Universalists, Evolutionary Christians and other progressive people that have compatible outlooks. Naturalists of all kinds should feel comfortable here
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