The Natural Religion

Religions are increasingly criticized, but by rejecting religions are moral values lost? This book demonstrates that this is not necessarily true by showing reasons for, and the practical basis of, morals and ethics in the modern world.

Religions are increasingly criticized, but by rejecting religions are moral values lost? This book demonstrates that this is not necessarily true by showing reasons for, and the practical basis of, morals and ethics in the modern world.

The rationale of this book, The Natural Religion, is that criticism of religions implies that there are better options. The Natural Religion, rather than focusing on criticizing conventional religions, takes a positive and forward-looking approach by investigating better options.

This book aims to increase choice in religious preference, adding to religious choice rather than replacing religions.

Based on up-to-date knowledge and not using any supernatural beliefs, The Natural Religion is so named because it only uses knowledge from the natural world, not beliefs about supernatural concepts.

This book takes a new approach towards religious and philosophical thought as it suggests a fact-religion, as opposed to a traditional faith-religion. It promotes reasoning to answer the great questions and issues that religions traditionally address. A reasoning that is informed by the huge wealth of knowledge that we now possess, but which did not yet exist when the established religions first emerged. This book explores the practical reasons why we have morals and ethics, it does not explore any reasons based on supernatural beliefs.

In The Natural Religion the basis of religions is analyzed, pointing out that what religions have in common are the questions they address about the natural world, but that they differ and are often contradictory on their supernatural beliefs. This book exemplifies this point by actually formulating a new religion that deals with the questions that religions have in common, but without using any of the many and disparate supernatural beliefs.

One of the main motivations behind The Natural Religion is concern about the welfare of current and future generations. For the last decades, worldwide, food is needed for an additional 65 to 90 million people each year; we need to alleviate poverty and protect human rights; resources such as freshwater and fertility of farmland need to be used sustainably. The aim of The Natural Religion is to help improve and maintain quality of life both on a personal and a community level, and strives to promote realistic and practical idealism.

The areas of knowledge on which The Natural Religion bases its ideas include: biology (human ecology in particular), history, economics, politics, psychology, physics, chemistry, philosophy, arts.

The book is structured as follows:

  • Why cultures all around the world have created religions.
  • What is life and why does it exist.
  • Death, grieving, and the meaning of our lives.
  • Where and how we humans originated, and why we are the way we are.
  • Self awareness, making choices, making mistakes, and being happy.
  • Our sex life and its powerful and far reaching ramifications.
  • The reasons for, and consequences of, our booming world population.
  • Economics – its importance and its flaws.
  • Our options in leadership, politics, conflict, war, compromise, and peace.
  • Our consciousness is our reality.

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The Natural Religion