I didn’t wake up one day and decide to become a Spiritual Naturalist. I was drawn to it by the evidence. Years of learning nudged me closer and closer. But eventually, I came to realize that Spiritual Humanistic Naturalism was the best worldview available. I want to share with you some of the evidence that drew me to Spiritual Naturalism, and some that I have discovered afterward. My desire is not to convince you, but to show you that Spiritual… Read more

Competition has long been regarded as the main dynamic in the way that humans and other living things interact with one another. It was a familiar concept early on for those living in the capitalist economies of Europe and America. When Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, he put the stamp of science on a belief that people harbored, then and since, in their daily struggles. Cooperation, by comparison, has barely acquired a foothold with the public as a fundamental… Read more

This has been a season of nasty politics, concerns about our government, environmental fears, social injustice, mass shootings, terrorism, racial tensions, and violence. On social media, on talk radio, on television, and around our communities – it is not difficult to see the agony, rising tensions, fear, hate, and suffering taking place everywhere. This, from the constant onslaught of such stressful events and the persistent conditions that inspire them. People are wringing their hands as to what can be done,… Read more

Sam Harris (2012), who is an atheist, argues that we should use the word spiritual, while Tom Flynn (2016), who is the Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, says we shouldn’t. Tom Flynn rightly calls us to be careful about our language. There can be no doubt that the words spirit and spiritual are problematic, at least in their modern connotation. The word spirit is derived from the Latin spiritus, which in turn is a translation of the Greek… Read more

Episode 10: In this episode we are talking about building a spiritual practice. What is a spiritual practice for? What is the function of a practice? A spiritual practice is more than talk, it is about creating good habits. Click here to listen to Episode 10 Click here to get Email notices of new episodes and SNS articles Learn about Membership in the Spiritual Naturalist Society See a full episode list at our main page for the Spiritual Naturalism Today podcast __________ The… Read more

(image credit) So imagine you are driving on autopilot, as we all do much of the time. Suddenly the car in front of you cuts you off quite unexpectedly. You slam your brakes and feel scared and indignant. Maybe you flash your lights or honk your horn at the other car. What’s your gut feeling about the other driver? I know my first reaction is that the driver is rude and obnoxious. Now imagine a different situation. You’re driving on… Read more

(cc) Alan Turkus I have been writing about meditation, spirituality, and inner resources for about 15 years now, mostly on the Internet.  On a few occasions, people have expressed to me that they think there is something self indulgent about meditation and contemplative spirituality.  These people apparently feel that meditators should be doing something to make the world better, rather than just sitting “doing nothing.” Also, on a couple occasions, people have expressed that they feel there is something a… Read more

As we rode home on the bus, I knew that we had made a difference.   I could see it in their eyes. The 13 students I had recruited from the ranks of the Honor Society, which I advised, had given up a Saturday morning to come with me, trusting that I was going to involve them in something meaningful. This was no ordinary field trip. Our school had recently taken its Advanced Placement students to the Experience Music Project in… Read more

The Tao Te Ching is the most popular book outside the Bible, with over 100 translations into English alone. Yet it is a completely naturalistic. It does not talk about gods, revelations, and miracles, but about harmonizing with the flow of nature. The Tao, explains Robert C. Solomon (2002, 41), “has much in common with what we are calling naturalized spirituality.” Who wrote this small but profound book? Originally it was credited to a man named Lao Tzu, who was supposed to… Read more

Episode 9: Stephen Batchelor is a Buddhist teacher and writer, known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen’s work has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer. He was ordained as a novice Buddhist monk in 1974 and served 11 years within multiple traditions before disrobing and returning from South Korea to Europe. From 1990 he has been a Teacher at Gaia House meditation centre in Devon, England, and since 1992 a contributing editor… Read more

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