The capacity of the natural world to inspire a religious response from humans has long been recognised—even before the new level of stunning cinematographic visualisations of it as in David Attenborough’s The Blue Planet 1 & 2 and before that, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Thus, there is no good reason to believe that taking nature to heart leaves a person with any fewer spiritual benefits than taking to heart the teachings of supernaturalist traditions.
This elective will cover such areas as:
What is Religious Naturalism;
Some characteristics of Religious Naturalism;
Who is a Religious Naturalist?
At-Homeness in Nature;
Religious Naturalism and progressive Christianity.
Horizontal transcendence. Natural not supernatural.
All with a backdrop of over 185 ’nature’ visuals/photos.
Rex A E Hunt is a religious naturalist, progressive liturgist, and social ecologist. A retired Uniting Church minister, he was the founding Chair of Common Dreams Conference of Religious Progressives....