Naturalistic Traditions: Were the Cynics and Stoics naturalistic?

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“Live according to nature.” This was the motto of not one but two ancient Greek traditions: the Cynics and Stoics. Were these traditions naturalistic? After exploring their philosophies and concepts of nature, we’ll have a look at their religious practices to see if they can rightly be counted as ancient Naturalistic Pagans. [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were Epicurus and the atomists naturalistic?

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If the universe is nothing but atoms, as modern physics proclaims, what place can there be for gods? None, some might say. Surprisingly, this was not the conclusion of the earliest atomists. Ancient Greek naturalists, far from rejecting religion, sought ways to understand religion in naturalistic terms. In short, they became Naturalistic Pagans. [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were the Classical Greeks naturalistic?

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Last time, we discovered the world’s oldest Naturalistic Pagans* in the Ionian philosophers of ancient Greece. Yet, they comprised no more than a handful of intellectuals in a world full of theists. What was the effect of naturalism on the rest of Greece as it developed in the Classical period? Did it spread through the culture or remain isolated? [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were the Ionian philosophers naturalistic?

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There are those who believe Naturalistic Paganism is but a modern thing, a young sapling in the forest of Paganism. In this article, the truth about its age is discovered. [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Was archaic Greece naturalistic?

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This series on the history of ancient naturalism began with an overview that tipped my hand: I think naturalism emerged first in Classical Greece.* So, what was so special about the Greeks? Was their archaic culture (roughly 800 – 480 BCE) already inherently pregnant with the idea of naturalism? [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were early agricultural peoples naturalistic?

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Early humans depended upon nature for their very existence. However, nature religion does not equal naturalism, a worldview that sees all primary causes originating in nature. Yet agricultural advances during the Neolithic period suggest the possible development of a key prerequisite of naturalism. [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were early hunter-gatherers naturalistic?

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Were early hunter-gatherer peoples naturalistic? It is difficult to tell. They were every bit as intelligent and creative as us, and could have created the first naturalistic traditions. Evidence suggests otherwise, however. [Read more...]


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