Dr Brendan Connolly was born in The
Netherlands. He studied Zoology and
Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin,
and completed a Ph.D. in Zoological
Ecology at the National University of
Ireland, Galway. He subsequently
worked as Fishery Biologist with the
Salmon Research Agency of Ireland
and the Irish Central Fisheries Board.
Specialising in Human Ecology, he
then carried out research on fishing
communities in Ireland and The
Netherlands, while based in the
Anthropology Department of Leiden
University. Connolly spent more than 10 years
researching and writing The Natural
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The Natural Religion suggests answers and explanations using up-to-date knowledge about our own existence and life in general. It is a fact-religion, not a faith-religion, which encourages reasoning rather than having dogmatic beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. It suggests answers to the great questions that traditional religions either did not discuss at all, or for which they could only guess the answers.
Religions exist all around the world, but millions of people
are not taking traditional beliefs seriously anymore and are
leaving established religions. Despite this, we continue to look
for answers. This means, not that we don’t need religion, we
just need a better one.
We have morals and ethics for practical reasons, not just because of spiritual beliefs. Crimes harm people, permissive sex has health risks, helping others is psychologically rewarding, and cooperation with others can achieve more than each working on their own.
The Natural Religion also focuses on such emergencies as needing to produce enough food for an extra 100 million people each year, and that we need to alleviate poverty worldwide - essential to the poor, and also of benefit to the rich. The aim of The Natural Religion is to improve our quality of life both on a personal and a community level; it reintroduces realistic idealism to a world more and more influenced by cynicism.
The Natural Religion uses knowledge we can take seriously from science, psychology, philosophy, arts, economics, politics, etc., and deals with the following subjects:
• Points out the real reasons why cultures all round the world created religions, and distinguishes these from the supernatural and spiritual facades.
• What life is and why it exists.
• Death, its psychological impact, and role in our lives.
• Where we humans came from, and why we are the way we are.
• Making choices, making mistakes and being happy.
• An honest look at our sex lives, showing its far reaching and full, often subconscious, ramifications.
• The reasons for, and consequences of, our booming world population.
• Economics, its uses and misuses.
• Our choices in politics, war, and leadership.
• How our consciousness is our reality.
The Natural Religion offers a real choice in religion.
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