Philosophy And Religion

Philosophy And Religion


7906997936_32517167a0_oHumans have for millennia sought to understand their place in the cosmos and in culture via philosophical and religious reflection on their core narratives. Familiarity with these traditions expands our grasp of the human search for meaning, truth, and purpose, and immerses us in the minds and hearts and creative energies of our kind.

Offered below are links to books and websites that explore philosophy and religion from perspectives relevant to the development of religious naturalist orientations.

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Religion Is Not About God, by Loyal D. Rue

Faith and Freedom: Contexts, Choices, and Crises in Religious Commitments, by Donald A. Crosby

Religion without God, by Ronald Dworkin

Truth and Tension in Science and Religion, by Varadaraja V. Raman

Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue, by Paul Woodruff

The Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James

Religious and Spiritual Experiences, by Wesley J. Wildman

The Sacred and the Profane, by Mircea Eliade

The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell

Religion for Atheists, by Alain De Botton


Breaking the Spell Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, by Daniel Dennett

Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses, by Thomas W. Clark

Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, by Jim Holt

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion, by Sam Harris

The Secret Sorrow: A Memoir of Mourning the Death of God, by Jay E. Valusek

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, by Philip Clayton (editor)

Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry, by Wesley J. Wildman

World Religions: The Great Faiths Explored and Explained, by John Bowker

The Bodhisattva’s Brain: Buddhism Naturalized, by Owen Flanagen

The Bonobo and the Atheist, by Frans de Waal

After God: The Future of Religion, by Don Cupitt

The New Sciences of Religion: Exploring Spirituality from the Outside In and Bottom Up, by William Grassie

In the Beginning…Creativity, by Gordon Kaufman

Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers in Exile, by John Shelby Spong

Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism, by Philip Kitcher

Amythia: Crisis in the Natural History of Western Culture, by Loyal D. Rue

The Meaning of Existence, by Edward O. Wilson

Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, by Stephen Cave

The Illusion of God’s Presence: The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing, by John C. Wathey

Evolutionary Religion, by John Schellenberg

The Religion of The Future by Roberto Mangabeira Unger



The International Society for Science and Religion

Institute on Religion in an Age of Science

Science and Religion Forum

Center for the Study of Science and Religion

Zygon Center for Religion and Science

Ian Ramsey Center for Science and Religion

Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

Science on Religion

Science and Religion Today

Forum on Religion and Ecology

Science Meets Religion

Scientia Salon

Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought 

Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion


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