Loyal Rue is now my favorite author. Having previously read two of his other books, Religion is Not About God, and Nature is Enough, as I read this boLoyal Rue is now my favorite author. Having previously read two of his other books, Religion is Not About God, and Nature is Enough, as I read this book, Everybody's Story: Wising Up to the Epic of Evolution, I have come to the conclusion that Loyal Rue articulates a philosophy that is both profound and practical--his writing speaks to me like no other I have found. What he has to say makes profound sense, it is always well organized, and expressed with great clarity.
Rue's philosophy not only is profound, it also is practical. He explains how his worldview of naturalism, if understood properly and implemented carefully, can make a significant difference in the lives of all people and indeed the world as a whole. If you read no other book on evolution, naturalism or religion, you owe it to yourself to read Everybody's Story. I guarantee it will change your life for the better....more
The only thing I don't like about this book is Peters' use of religious language--everything else about it is great. Of course, that is the whole poi The only thing I don't like about this book is Peters' use of religious language--everything else about it is great. Of course, that is the whole point of the book--exploring what it means to be "religious" while also being a naturalist. Peters describes his personal life-stance as "naturalistic theism" (p.vii), with "god" being defined as the natural creative processes of the cosmos. While I like what he says about science, naturalism and finding meaning in life, I do not personally like his use of religious language because it has the potential of causing too much misunderstanding. This of course is simply my personal opinion, and no one else is required to agree with it.
Addendum: Having now completed this book, I have revised my original rating upward to five stars. Despite his use of god-language, Peters' book is really interesting and quite thought-provoking--he has lots of good ideas to share concerning the dynamic, creative processes of nature that are worthy of reverence. This is a really good book, despite the use of god-language, and I highly recommend it to all--even hard-core anti-theists. It's that good....more
Although I am in basic agreement with what Crosby writes, I disagree with his philosophical treatment of values as inherent in nature apart from cogniAlthough I am in basic agreement with what Crosby writes, I disagree with his philosophical treatment of values as inherent in nature apart from cognitive assessment by sentient beings.
But concerning naturalism from a spiritual perspective: The world of nature is extremely valuable and should be treated with respect and reverence. Nature is the source of all existence, and of all life; and as such, it deserves to be treated with the respect and reverence normally offered to deities. From the perspective of spiritual naturalism, nature is the god of creation. ...more
This is an excellent book about humanism as understood from the perspective of religious naturalism. In fact, Murry calls his approach "humanistic relThis is an excellent book about humanism as understood from the perspective of religious naturalism. In fact, Murry calls his approach "humanistic religious naturalism," and writes:
"I believe it is important to conceive of religious humanism within the broader context of religious naturalism, one of the most exciting developments in religious thinking in the last century." (p61)
"As a religious humanist, I use the word spirituality to refer to a quality of life in the here and now, a quality that has to do with genuineness, depth, and devotion to values other than my own self-interest." (p108)
I have been a humanist and a naturalist for several years, and when I left organized religion, I thought I had given up being a religious person. However, as I read this book and learn what it means to be a reasonable person and have reverence for the wonderful aspects of this natural universe in which we live, I am finding that I am still a religious person in a humanistic and naturalistic way as described by William Murry.
I recommend this book to any humanist or naturalist who wants to learn more about what it means to have reverence for nature and for life....more
One of the most important questions humans ask is, "What is the meaning of life," and this book by Loyal Rue offers an excellent assessment of the queOne of the most important questions humans ask is, "What is the meaning of life," and this book by Loyal Rue offers an excellent assessment of the question from the perspective of religious naturalism. Rue is a naturalist, and a professor of religion and philosophy at Luther College; and as such, he writes this book from a decidedly philosophical perspective. I especially appreciate how he carefully defines the topics treated while, at the same time, offering a readable (i.e., not too technical) philosophical discussion of the meaning of meaning, the nature of religion, and the alternative of religious naturalism to other traditionally religious life-stances. This book is so good that I added it to my list of favorites on philosophy, natural theology and secular studies even before I finished reading it. It is, in my opinion, an excellent book well worth the price and the effort of reading....more