April 13, 2021

By: Thomas Schenk (cc) Mackenzie Greer. Does the worldview presented by modern science devalue the world? A few hundred years ago, the Romantic Movement arose as a reaction to science and what the Romantics perceived as its soulless, valueless world view. New understandings of the world, particularly relativity and quantum mechanics, have made the scientific view more nuanced than the one the early Romantics reacted against. Yet, many still feel that the scientific view devalues. Is this view justified? Let’s… Read more

April 13, 2021

(This article is by guest writer Leigh Anderson. For a short bio, see below.) I’ve lived in the same place the last seven years and I now observe specific things as “signs of change”.  A slowdown in the daily breeze indicates a forthcoming change in the weather.  New buds forming on the pear tree indicates a change in the seasons.  Deer which were once seen all day and are now disappearing, indicates that hunting season is near.  This morning I… Read more

April 6, 2021

 Jay N. Forrest I. What is Bodhidaoism 1. The Definition of Bodhidaoism Bodhidaoism is a personal non-religious worldview, built upon the foundations of philosophical naturalism and current scientific consensus, which combines elements of Buddhism, Taoism, Stoicism, and Humanism into a coherent and evidence-based philosophical system. Bodhidaoism was created by philosopher and author Jay N. Forrest in 2017. Bodhidaoism is derived from the Pali word bodhi, meaning “awakening” and the Chinese word dao, meaning “way”. So Bodhidaoism is the way of… Read more

April 6, 2021

Thomas Schenk It is early spring in Minnesota. Much of the snow is gone, but there are still piles here and there, particularly in the shady spots. Every year at this time I become a child, wishing that the snow would hurry and melt, longing for the return of green grass, leafing trees, and comfortably warm days. “Do not like, do not dislike and all will be perfectly clear, make a hairbreadth difference and heaven and earth are set apart,”… Read more

March 31, 2021

by Eric Steinhart As a result of the 2020 elections, many states voted to legalize cannabis.  They either voted in medical cannabis or full adult-use cannabis.  It is arguable that this pattern of increasing legalization will continue, and that, perhaps after a few more election cycles, cannabis prohibition in the United States will be lifted.  But given that it has been lifted in many places in America, it’s a good idea for spiritual naturalists to think about how cannabis might be… Read more

March 29, 2021

 by Eric Steinhart Disclaimer: In this article, SNS writer Eric Steinhart shares his perspectives on antidepressants and his personal practice. SNS is a diverse community under the large umbrella of naturalistic spiritual ideas and practices, and members or writers may have different ideas and approaches on these matters. Therefore, articles like this can be helpful starting points for dialogue. Please note that the views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily imply any official position of SNS. This… Read more

March 24, 2021

 by Jeff Worthy Vernazza at Twilight Have you ever been in the presence of magic? I am not talking about mere sleight of hand trickery or illusions crafted to deceive the eye. I am talking about genuine magic; a power capable of “casting a spell” over those fortunate enough to bear witness to it. There isn’t anything supernatural being implied here. This power exists. I have witnessed this magic and experienced firsthand the effect of its presence. It is out there,… Read more

March 24, 2021

 by Daniel Scharpenburg I like the Buddhist idea of Basic Goodness. It’s a term that was coined by Chogyam Trungpa, who was trying to present Buddhist teachings in a way that would resonate with westerners. It represents the same thing, essentially, as the Buddha Nature concept. It’s about our true nature, who we really are. The teaching is quite simply that you are good enough. This contrasts with other belief systems that describe humanity as somehow broken or flawed, that teach… Read more

March 16, 2021

(Today’s article is by guest writer, James Jarrett. See brief bio below.) I am writing this article in an attempt to get at a phenomenon I encountered over and over again in my nearly thirteen years as a Lutheran parish pastor. Retrospectively, I realize I have encountered this phenomenon throughout both my upbringing and adult life as a Christian, finding myself on different sides of it at different times and in various situations. The gradual solidifying of my own human… Read more

March 16, 2021

(cc) Jeremy Segrott Article by Jeff Worthy I was exhausted. The school year had ended at last, and the final day had been a particularly hot and busy one. After submitting grades, rearranging classroom furniture, and taking care of the myriad details that the end of year procedure required of all teachers, I was spent and ready for the summer to begin (well, in some ways; I have never been a fan of the summer, but that is another story). Our… Read more




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