May 6, 2021

by Thomas Schenk Over the years I have read and reread many of the central writings of the world’s spiritual traditions. With most books I read, whether fiction or nonfiction, I want to be stimulated. I seek books with interesting ideas, a good story, or just really creative use of language, all of which I find stimulating. I read spiritual texts, however, for a different reason: to be quieted. There is an old tradition in Western hermeneutics that the Bible can… Read more

May 5, 2021

 by Dennis Oliver A Moment For a moment “emptiness” made sense, strange tense: more than present, neglectful of what might come, bereft of oughts no regrets, nor noticing the past, yet in its way the fullest that I ever was (or wasn’t, as I sensed a deeper truth). But – here’s the thing of it – then, as now, I could not, cannot say, or care to say, I cannot, and see no reason why to try to tell you what… Read more

April 30, 2021

By DT Strain As you may know, the Spiritual Naturalist Society exists to (1) develop, educate, and promote naturalistic (non-supernatural) forms of spiritual practice; and (2) foster and support Spiritual Naturalist communities. To that end, we have always wanted to support the arts. Art, music, poetry, and other artistic forms approach our hearts and minds in ways that transcend mere intellectual understandings of life’s essential concepts. Simple assent to a profound truth or a wise teaching is insufficient for a real… Read more

April 28, 2021

By  Roger Hackney If you have spent any amount of time reading about Spiritual Naturalism you will know that Practice and Ritual are key to being a Spiritual Naturalist. Further study will reveal a few of the rituals and practices such as: meditation, drumming, contemplation, introspection, and visualization. The article “What is Spiritual Naturalism” from the website for the Spiritual Naturalist Society, states the following: “The focus of Spiritual Naturalism is happiness, contentment, or flourishing in life, and a relief… Read more

April 22, 2021

by Jeff Worthy I am a truth-seeker. My beliefs are altered as I encounter new facts. Though I do not consider myself an atheist, I can respect the ideas and arguments of public intellectuals who claim to be. Evaluating arguments of those we may disagree with is what keeps our wits sharp. We can’t just read and listen to those with whom we agree—then we never get to have our minds expanded, and we can’t grow. On September 30, 2007, a… Read more

April 22, 2021

by Gregory Gronbacher The longing for a heavenly, other worldly paradise is humanities longing not to be human. ― Milan Kundera Most forms of religious naturalism stress the importance of the ecological dimensions of our anthropology – our natural status and connectedness to the natural order. From nature we arise, are sustained by nature through our lives, and at our death, we return to nature. Developing an ecological vision of the human person is therefore essential to a proper anthropology, and… Read more

April 21, 2021

 Daniel Shkolnik Rosa Parks What society is and always has been,” wrote Ernest Becker in The Denial of Death, is “a symbolic action system … designed to serve as a vehicle for earthly heroism.” Each culture has different scripts for achieving heroism. It might be the heroism of a liberator like Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi. There is the scientific heroism of Charles Darwin, or the literary heroism of Virginia Wolf. Not least of all is the mythic heroism of figures like… Read more

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




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