A short bibliography of religious naturalist texts


Yesterday, Frank (the Memorial Church's minister emeritus) and I were also both present at a Cambridge U3A discussion group on the subject of "Humanism and Religion". Frank introduced me and I then gave a version of my talk entitled "Religion after the death of God". In the hour and a half of conversation that followed I tied this into the kind of religious naturalism that I hold to myself and which is gaining a certain foothold within the global Unitarian, Universalist and Free, liberal Christian tradition of churches. I say something about this in my recent address entitled "Who believes that God has eyebrows? - moving beyond the atheist/theist divide and towards a religious naturalism".

A key, modern, Unitarian religious naturalist thinker is Jerome A. Stone. His two major books on the subject are in the sort bibliography which follows but the next links will take you to pdf copies of three of his talks/presentations on the subject:




I would also recommend watching the following short, twenty minute long film of a recent interview with Stone. Just click on the link to see it on Youtube:


The two other important Unitarian religious naturalists mentioned in the bibliography below are: Henry Nelson Wieman and Karl E. Peters. Both deserve, I think, to be more widely read in our own liberal religious circles.

Anyway, after my U3A talk I handed around both the bibliography directly connected with my talk and also the following one relating to religious naturalism. You may find it of interest and/or use.

Short Bibliography - Religious Naturalism

Donald A. Crosby: A Religion of Nature (SUNY Press  2002)

Donald A. Crosby: Living with Ambiguity: Religious Naturalism and the Menace of Evil (SUNY Press 2008)

Donald A. Crosby: The Thou of Nature (SUNY Press 2013)

Ursula Goodenough: The Sacred Depths of Nature (OUP 1998)

Charley D. Hardwick: Events of Grace: Naturalism, existentialism and theology (Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Karl E. Peters: Dancing With the Sacred: Evolution, Ecology, and God (Trinity Press International, 2002)

Karl E. Peters: Spiritual Transformations: Science, Religion, and Human Becoming (Augsberg Fortress, 2008)

John F. Post: The Faces of Existence - An essay in Nonreductive Metaphysics (Cornell University Press, 1987)

Jerome A. Stone: The Minimalist Vision of Transcendence: A Naturalist Philosophy of Religion (SUNY Press, 1992)

Jerome A. Stone: Religious Naturalism Today: The Rebirth of a Forgotten Alternative (SUNY 2008)

Henry Nelson Wieman: Religious Experience and Scientific Method (Macmillan, 1926)

Henry Nelson Wieman: The Source of Human Good (Southern Illinois University Press, 1967)

Henry Nelson Wieman: Man's Ultimate Commitment (Southern Illinois University Press, 1958)

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