Religious Naturalist Perspectives
There are lots of ways to think of oneself as a Religious Naturalist; for example in the perspectives collected so far we have one which emphasizes the lack of god-language, one which emphasizes science as a way of knowing, and one which emphasizes the simple act of living in harmony with nature.
The term Big Tent is a metaphor we use to capture and describe the wide range of beliefs, principles, and backgrounds emphasized by Religious Naturalists. The metaphor seeks to attract people with diverse viewpoints and does not require adherence to some specific ideology as a criterion for inclusion. Indeed, we think of the Big Tent as a consilience of various booths, so that each of us can have both a general home within the broader Big Tent community, and also a finely-tuned rapport with those who happen to share our booth. Thus each of us can find agreement in a friendly, collaborative and beneficial way, with perhaps some friendly banter between booths.
This means our philosophies and anthropologies may be a bit different. However our commitment to scholarly and tolerant discourse within our Big Tent makes for an interesting and energizing domicile - a domicile with amiable social aspects to it. We find the discussions/debates within this intellectual home to be challenging, enlightening and downright good-natured fun.
On the next page we have attempted to outline the current perspectives within the Big Tent into a set of booths. It is safe to say that the way we've organized them so far (into one of four categories) will change as we learn of additional perspectives and find more useful ways to organize them. If you don't find your perspective here, for example, and if you consider yourself a Religious Naturalist, please write an email to the content editor and see if you can work out a location for your perspective within the outline.
Individual Viewpoints within Religious Naturalism's Big Tent
The sub-pages or web sites that follow present various opinions on Religious Naturalism. They represent the opinions of the individual authors and are not necessarily the positions of the editors of this site.
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