RNA Book Reviews
About RNA Book Reviews
Book reviews posted here look at the books from a religious naturalist orientation. The books themselves may not be about religious naturalism per se but the reviewers have made an attempt to point out instances where the book either supports or contradicts religious naturalist perspectives.
We invite members to submit book reviews. Submissions will be reviewed before being posted.
- Submissions can be Word, Pages, plain text, or PDF format. You can also just paste them into an email.
- Reviews should be from your point of view as a religious naturalist
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The Brush Dances and the Light Sings
John and Yvonne Palka were biology professors in Seattle until their retirement in the early 2000’s, and they devoted their non-academic lives to artistic encounters with the natural world, John using a camera and Yvonne the inks of Asian brush painting (sumi-e). When...
At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth
Madeline Ostrander is an environmental journalist. It took her almost a decade to complete her new book At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth. Eight of the chapters of this book are her reporting about environmental threats to our sense of...
The Patterning Instinct
I first came across Jeremy Lent's work about a year before The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search For Meaning was published. I’m not sure how I stumbled onto his website but I soon realized that this man was exploring and writing about a lot...
EVERYBODY’S STORY: WISING UP TO THE EPIC OF EVOLUTION Loyal D. Rue. State University of New York Press, 1999 (SUNY series in Philosophy and Biology, D.E. Shaner, Editor) TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreward by Edward O. Wilson Preface Introduction Part I: How...
Book review of Maggie Nelson’s On Freedom Jason Keune In Maggie Nelson’s new book, On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint, she invokes, or rather curates, a vast landscape of contemporary thought and thinkers in an expansive exploration of a rich, yet elusive...
Finding the Mother Tree
I’m writing to recommend a book. Finding the Mother Tree – Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, Dr. Suzanne Simard. Simard has put together summations and descriptions of her experiments and findings from her career as a forest ecologist that started as a child in a...