Articles by Category

Below are some of our key articles from the past, by category. Please note that our public articles and resources are only one part of what the Society does. In addition to these, we are collecting a growing archive of educational and inspirational Spiritual Naturalist materials from a variety of traditions.

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Love & Compassion
Science & Reason
Philosophy & Wisdom
Practice & Ritual
Daily Challenges
Art & Myth



When Love Seems Absent

When Love Seems Absent
What to do if you should find yourself in a place without love...


400 Million Years of Ferns

400 Million Years of Ferns

A contemplation of the green leafiness of ferns...
A New (old) Skepticism

A New (old) Skepticism

Skeptics are known in many ways, but how do Spiritual Naturalists do skepticism? DT Strain covers some of the important
A.I.: Avoiding Insanity

A.I.: Avoiding Insanity

The importance of genuine human interaction...
Getting Comfortable with the Vastness of Time

Getting Comfortable with the Vastness of Time

The time it takes to make a life...
How Atheists Pray

How Atheists Pray

Discovery and wonder as forms of prayer...
Humboldt's Vision of Nature

Humboldt’s Vision of Nature

Brock Haussamen re-introduces Alexander von Humboldt, one of the most famous scientist of his age...
Inner Darwin

Inner Darwin

A consideration of naked motivation and cultural clothing...
Lessons From the Origins of Life

Lessons From the Origins of Life

Exploring the achievement of coming alive...
Mysticism Naturally

Mysticism Naturally

Can the naturalistic and the mystic outlooks be compatible..?

A New (old) Skepticism
The new Copernican shift: How science is revolutionizing spirituality
How do you understand nature?
Is it possible to think too much?
New Theists: Knowers, not believers
Religious Freedom from the Inside Out
Ancient philosophy meets Darwin: Can science offer a way of life?
Tao and the laws of nature
The Blues and Abstract Truth
Understanding Reason & Evidence in Spiritual Naturalism
Consciousness, Brain, and Spirit
A Biologist Looks at Religion, the Humanities, and Our Compulsive Sociability

6 Reasons you will see more Spiritual Naturalism in the future
Top 10 signs of good spirituality
What do all Spiritual Naturalists have in common?
Real religion?
Wisdom hides in plain sight
Managers of human nature: A job description for Spiritual Naturalists
What is Naturalistic Paganism?
Is Spiritual Naturalism an Oxymoron?
Three Transcendents (4 parts)
What “Death is a Part of Life” Means
Daily Fruit
Spirituality and the Meaning Crisis
Encounters with Identified Flying Objects
The Role of Philosophy in Spirituality
Roots of Spiritual Naturalism
Why I Am Not An Atheist
Caring About Indifference
The Purpose Problem
Social Intimacy: Religion in the Digital Age
My Journey Toward Spiritual Naturalism
Am I a Complex-Information Processing Machine?
Atheism and the “S” Word
Syntheism: A Naturalistic Spirituality in Europe
Using Philosophy to Deal with Anxiety
The Centrality of Emotion: What Ancient Philosophy Offers Modern Naturalists (2 parts)
Agnosticism or Naturalism?
Towards a Humanist Enlightenment
Naturalism and the Abiding Self
Contemplating Impermanence
Reality, Language, and the Inner World
The Quest for “Truth”
The fertile ground between theism and atheism
Wow! Existence has always existed
Book Review: Restoring the Soul of the World
The Meaning of Life?
AWESM: Ancient Wisdom for Everyone from Seneca & Marcus
Buddhism & Naturalism

Meditation 101
Mindful Discourse
Distractions to Spiritual Practice (4 parts)
Working ritual with the Center (2 parts)
What is spiritual transformation (2 parts)
Working toward liberation
Spiritual Naturalist drumming
What am I Doing? (book excerpt: Zen & the Art of Consciousness | video: Living without Free Will)
Something special may happen
Bicycle Meditation
The Integrated Practice
Are You Really Meditating?
Naturalist Practice: The Big Picture
Our Spirituality: Presentation at Rothko Chapel
An Atheist Plea for Preserving Thanksgiving
Meditation Framing and Procession: A Spiritual Naturalist Ritual
Tao and Governance
Gnothi Seauton: On Being Human
Dispensing Wisdom
Letting Go of the Side of the Pool
Book Review: Waking Up, by Sam Harris
Reverence for (Some) Life
How to be A Time Traveler
Nature Appreciation 101
Train Your Brain to be More Compassionate
The Tao of Christmas
The Home of the Soul: Spiritual Naturalism and the Power of Place
Sanderson Jones on Mystic Humanism
Borrowing Lent for Pagans: Creating Space
The Atheist Who Spoke to God
At the End of Knowing
Imagination Permeates Waking, As Well As Dreaming
Plants as Aliens
Directionless, I feel like I’ve found my way
To walk through a Fire Divine
Looking for “Nature Moments”
Marijuana is my secular sacrament
Joy in the journey
On Spirituality & Politics

Embracing a natural life
How to stay mindful
The power of gratitude
The other resource
A Spiritual Naturalist take on tragedy
Happiness upon reflection
Giving and the holidays: making a change
Marriage and spirituality
Living life intentionally
Beauty in the equation
Natural Grief: A Humanist Perspective
Last Hum of the Cicada: Death for Naturalists
Dealing with Negative Nellies and Neds
Life Challenges As A Mirror
It’s Not Fair
Testing a Naturalist’s Faith
Living In A World Without Cosmic Justice
Harvesting Happiness
Dealing with Difficult People
How Stoics Treat Jerks
Being Moral Despite it All
Courage to Take a Different Path
Dealing with a Crisis
Supernatural Free Problem Solving
4 Ways Compassion Helps Us Deal with Jerks
The Ultimate Existential Crisis
Getting Rid of Old Baggage – Some of it anyway
Pope Francis Speaks Out on Poverty and the Environment
Things aren’t always what they seem

May the 4th be with you!
Symphony of Science
Big History: The heart of Spiritual Naturalism
Poet/Musician ‘Apollo Poetry’ preaches non-dogmatic spirituality
Saving the marriage of science and myth
Why God is important
Myth: No Belief Required
The Teleology of Beauty
Choosing Metaphors: Theistic Language in Non-theistic Spiritual Practice
Genesis for Non-Theists
A Modern Mythology: The Need and the Vehicle

What are we all about?
SNS Announces new partnership with Charter for Compassion
The many ways you can make a difference
Inspiring words from our visitors and members
Secular Buddhist Podcast: Interview with SNS Executive Director
Looking forward to 2013
State of the Society: October 2012
State of the Society: September 2012
May 2012 Interview: What we can expect from SNS
Meet the SNS Advisory Board
Welcome Message
Celebrating our first anniversary!
SNS Year 1 Anthology Book Now Available*
Launching our Annual Funds/Membership Drive! 2014
The Spiritual Community
SNS Opens signups for its first online course


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Last updated: September 14, 2015