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Foundation of Religious Naturalism


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  Basics of Religious Naturalism 

Religious Naturalism is a sprouting confidence founded on the two postulates that nature is real and sacred. The objectivity of rational thinking and the subjectivity of human emotions are combined to form this paradigm for living. Our conscious being is an amalgamation of factual and mental awareness. Both of these are necessary for completeness of our understanding of our being. This results in a valid spirituality that complements our wellbeing. Science with its ensuing technology provides for our physical progress and comfort.

Why base a belief for living on the claims of realness and sacredness of nature? Humans are physical and mental beings. Both are key, real aspects of our being and how we approach living. Religious Naturalism addresses both and more. It is a more tangible and perceptive paradigm than those of the past based on non-natural elements and ancient texts. It is based on what is, not what might be. The core narrative of Religious Naturalism is factual history.

It has a morality or rightness to it that address real life issues. It has tolerance for diverse thinking rather than sectarianism that may divide people spiritually and promote aggression. It promotes wellbeing in this real life, now, rather than a possible post life. Its spirituality is based in part on what can be seen and touched. Also on the inescapable mysteries that evoke the traditional religious feeling of awe, wonder and mightiness. A Religious Naturalist has confidence in facts and what he understands, but not with a traditional religious certainty. S/he accepts uncertainty as part of life - one that adds richness to being, not fear.

Religious Naturalism is friendly to a naturalized god concept for those who want or need one. This  acceptance is not a primary cornerstone but a personal option as god questions are not primary to this paradigm. Such a god concept may provide an entity more magnificent than a previous belief and one with real substance. This concept does not provide the wishful benefits of some religions. Here too it takes a hands off tolerant approach.

Why a new concept? Today’s problems cannot be solved with yesterday’s answers. The discoveries of science over the last 150 years are at odds with old interpretations. These truths of reality must now be incorporated into any religious paradigm that hopes to claim sensibility. If not now, when? When the dust from brewing discomforts settle? After the brewing religions wars are over? Humanity needs one now to unite it into a oneness and a delicious destiny. It is a modern concept to deal with a modern world. Religious Naturalism may not be a satisfying viewpoint for everyone. Religious fundamentalists most likely will not but some people these days are finding it sufficient. It avoids some of the drawbacks associated with traditional beliefs.

Michael Cavanaugh - Religious Naturalist

Michael explains the religion in Religious Naturalism

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