In the last post, I suggested naturalists can connect to something greater than themselves. Without literal belief in deity or afterlife, they can achieve transcendence. How?
There are myriad ways of naturalistic transcendence, but I'm going to concentrate on three major ones: through nature, community, and mind. I'll illustrate each with a story or example, then tie them together at the end.
Last time, we met some of today’s most publicly visible naturalists. Now, let’s get down to brass tacks. Exactly what does it mean to be a naturalist, and what do naturalists have in common with other Pagans?
Down to terms
You’ll hear a variety of different terms describing roughly the same circles of people: Naturalistic Pagans, Humanistic Pagans, Atheist Pagans, Agnostic Pagans, Existential Pagans, Secular Pagans, etc.
The current most popular term seems to be “Naturalistic