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Book Final, Discussion on Chapter 14 (Emergent Religious Principles)

"A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge." ...Carl Sagan

Our discussion is centered around the book "The Sacred Depths of Nature" by Ursula Goodenough: . With this meeting, we conclude the study of this book! By the way, this topic of "emergence" is profound and is one of the biggest take-aways from this book study.

<< New people are always welcome! Getting the book and pre-reading the section isn't required, but it sure helps for a better group experience.>>

Book section to discuss: 
Chapter 14: Emergent Religious Principles

Our group approaches spirituality from an atheistic/naturalistic perspective (we believe that nothing supernatural exists).  However, we have a rule not to be negative about other religions.  Our goal is to build an atheistic viewpoint for spirituality... understanding and practice.  We will focus on positive aspects of our belief rather than negative problems of other beliefs.  (We will try... not always successful  ;-)

Our group also intends to develop relationships.  This is not the place to come as a stranger and expect to leave as a stranger.  We are sharing lives with each other.

---- BACKGROUND ---------

Book chapters:

1.Personal, Introduction, & How This Book Is Put Together (done)
2. Origins of the Earth
3. Origins of Life
4. How Life Works
5. How An Organism Works
6. How Evolution Works
7. The Evolution of Biodiversity
8. Awareness
9. Emotions and Meaning
10. Sex  
11. Sexuality
12. Multicellularity and Death
13. Speciation
14. Emergent Religious Principles

More background info:

1.   Religious  Naturalism:
2.  Author Ursula Goodenough:
3.  Book Reviews:
4.  Essay on "Emergence" by Ursula Goodenough: 
5.  Atheist debate on whether atheists can be 'spiritual,' etc. (audio online,free):
6. A scientific report on 'mindfulness meditation':

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