The principle goals of Religious Naturalism (science, spirituality, stewardship) congeal to form a strong ecological point of view to our life on Earth. RN unites science and religion with an ecology that connects us to the natural world around us. It is a way of realizing the interconnectivity that is and has always been. Humans, other life forms and inanimate Nature, are one, part of an emergent ‘Oneness', justifing a skillful stewardship of it all.
The ten ecological resolves of RN are:
- accept responsibility for the future of our species and planetary life
- manage and do those things necessary for the continuation of this life
- hold life, in its many forms, as a revered process
- stand in awe and wonder of life but not more so than for what it is
- take on sustainability as a moral commitment and not exhaust the non-renewable resources of the Earth
- disturb the face of the Earth no more than is needed and strive wherever possible to preserve its inherent beauty
- balance the needs of ourselves, tribe and nation to maximize the future of a necessary global society in harmony with its ecosphere
- limit human population to the carrying capacity of the Earth’s ecosystem
- aid the continuation of life by understanding it to the best of our ability
- embrace the apparent self-sacrifices that may be required to promote these resolves seeing them as intelligent self-interest
Please note these are all positive shalls and not shall nots.