Pantheism- Naturalistic Spirituality

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Pantheism- Naturalistic Spirituality

A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.

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Spiritual without the spooks

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Future Feb 26, 2013. 1 Reply

Pantheist-To be one or not

Started by Ace. Last reply by Nerdlass Jul 25, 2011. 5 Replies

"Death Anxiety" and the need for meaning

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 24, 2011. 0 Replies

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 23, 2011 at 2:54pm
Hi y'all! Please be aware that there's been a very active discussion at  Hang With Friends on spirituality. If you decide to join, and add to that discussion, it will be an opportunity to link back to this group. I encourage Hang With Friends members to promote existing groups. BTW, that discussion is how I learned about your group, so I joined.
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on May 11, 2011 at 12:53pm
Comment by Chris Highland on March 6, 2010 at 2:59pm
I'm with you on this explanation and clarification, Howard. Gives me another reason to consider tossing out the word "spirituality" altogether. We all want/need "something bigger" I suppose. I would say Nature is big enough.
Comment by Howard S. Dunn on January 12, 2010 at 2:37pm
meaningful inter-connection of natural relationships

very much along the lines that I would use the word. However, I have become convinced through discussion on this site (not this group) that such a definition is rendered moot by both theists and atheists propensity to automatically attach a supernatural aspect to it. In fact - I'm pretty certain that just your use of the word 'meaningful' might 'irrevocably suggest' to them that that is what you mean. Oh well ... I'm pretty sure that I get you mean nothing of the sort. Avatar actually suggested a purely scientific reason for an effect that was 'misinterpreted' by the indigenous population as 'super-natural.'
Comment by Chris Highland on January 12, 2010 at 1:12pm
If "spirituality" can be redefined as a meaningful inter-connection of natural relationships then I view "Avatar" as moving in the right direction. I enjoy the fantasy sci-fi and amazing effects while questioning the super-natural elements and clear borrowing of indigenous language, customs and ritual. As a (perhaps mythic, Nature-celebrating) story, I'd give it a greenthumb's up.
Comment by Paul Harrison on December 31, 2009 at 1:59pm
I haven't seem Avatar yet but it sounds like it has supernatural elements to it. Still, it's getting a lot of people to search the word "Pantheism" and find out about it, and the top search returns (apart from the appalling and crazy Wikipedia article, which we are trying to remedy) is the 100% naturalistic World Pantheist Movement.
Comment by It's just Matt on December 29, 2009 at 3:57pm
Is Avatar a good movie for Pantheism or does it end up being supernatural?
Comment by Nate on December 18, 2009 at 9:09pm
Thanks for passing this on, Katrina. I like the Marcus Aurelius quote: "Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy; none of its parts are unconnected. They are composed harmoniously, and together they compose the world."
Comment by Chris Highland on October 21, 2009 at 5:14pm
Some of you may appreciate my new song with an old tune--Amazing Beauty, sung by Patty Ann Smith.
Comment by Chris Highland on October 17, 2009 at 3:14pm
Claudia,
Not sure that's a compliment to add a "t" to my name, even if I was born on Christmas! Anyway, good thoughts. I simply think the semantics get in the way here. "God" comes with all kinds of mental baggage. "Nature" comes with. . .countless images and they're all interconnected parts of the whole, the cosmos. Not sure what you mean exactly by "the machine universe" because that assumes a Mechanic. I do not personify Nature or really even deify Nature (yes, there is probably inconsistency in my position, however, how do we talk about these things rationally? Semantics again). Far before the Europeans (or Christians), the Indians, the Greeks and even Romans gave "form" to human images. There are plenty of paradoxes to go around with these things. Not sure how to "get to know what the real truth is." I think we are ultimately left with our inter-relationship with Nature. There is nothing more, is there?
 

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