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Is your spiritual home right here on Earth?
On this page
Do you feel a deep sense of peace, belonging, and wonder
in Nature or under a clear night sky? Do you respect the rights
not just of humans but of all living beings? Would you rather
save the planet than “save” your eternal soul? Do you
aim to make the most and best of your one life here?
Do you value science and reason over adherence to ancient scriptures?
Then you are probably a scientific pantheist
Take our quiz to find out.
Why you might like Scientific Pantheism
Atheism and agnosticism are great as starting points, but each defines itself negatively, in relation to a belief in "God" that it denies or doubts.
Scientific pantheism moves beyond "God" and defines itself by positives. We take Nature and the Universe as our start and finish point, not some religions'
preconceived idea of “God.” We relate closely to some of the central challenges of our era.
At a time when the balance of our Earth is under unprecedented threat, scientific pantheism is one of the few forms of spirituality in which Nature plays a fundamental part. For us, Nature is a source of peace and beauty, as well as the focus for our care and vigilance. Nature was not created for us to use or abuse. Nature created us, we are an inseparable part of her. We have a duty to live sustainably, care for Nature and to halt and reverse the harm that humans have done to her.
Scientific pantheism is the only form of spirituality we know of which fully embraces science as part of the human exploration of Earth and Cosmos. It embraces the picture of a vast, creative and often violent Universe revealed by the Hubble Space Telescope. It opposes climate change denial and evolution denial. We regard stargazing as a spiritual practice.
Scientific pantheism has a joyous affirmative approach to life. It has a healthy and positive attitude to sex and life in the body. We won’t tell you what you should be smoking, or doing in the bedroom. We fully accept diverse gender choices, and we oppose all forms of discrimination.
Our basic principles
Our beliefs and values are summarized in our Pantheist Statement of Principles.
The statement was drawn up by fallible humans. It is not required dogma – it is simply a notice on our door, to show what we are about so people can decide if it suits them or not. These are the key elements:
- Reverence, awe, wonder and a feeling of belonging to Nature and the wider Universe .
- Respect and active care for the rights of all humans and other living beings.
- Celebration of our lives in our bodies on this beautiful earth as a joy and a privilege.
- Strong naturalism – without belief in supernatural realms, afterlives, beings or forces.
- Respect for reason, evidence and the scientific method as our best ways of understanding nature and the Cosmos.
- Promotion of non-discrimination, religious tolerance, freedom of and from religion and complete separation of state and religion.
Spiritual but not religious
Many people feel the need to belong to a religious community. Research shows that such groups provide mutual support and friends and are good for physical and mental health. There’s no good reason why groups of like-minded non-theistic folk should not enjoy similar benefits.
In the WPM we are spiritual but not religious. We don’t have churches, priests, or prescribed dogma and rituals.
But we do aim to provide a “home base” for people who love Nature and the Universe and do not believe in supernatural entities.
Two of the major benefits our members and friends say they value are gaining new like-minded friends and finding a place where they can share their enthusiasms without fear of being ostracized or feeling isolated.
There have been many local meetings of members across the USA and in other parts of the world, where people have found a rare level of fellowship and stimulation.
The WPM’s short term goals are to:
- Promote the values of environmental concern and human and animal rights.
- Make earth-honoring life-affirming naturalistic beliefs widely available as a rational alternative to supernatural and theistic religions.
- Promote forums for these beliefs and values on various Internet channels and other media.
- Encourage local gatherings by providing fora for networking.
In the longer term, as resources permit, we hope to:
- Build up numbers of members and friends in localities and promote the formation of longer-lasting local groups
- Create a network of civil celebrants for Nature and life-oriented child dedications, weddings, and funerals
- Sponsor Nature conservation activities and help members to conserve Nature
- Actively address other issues such as women’s rights, animal rights, science education including evolution and climate change, drug laws, dark skies, and more.
If you share these ideals, becoming a WPM member and/or volunteering are the best ways to help promote them.
Whether you join or not, you are welcome to join our Facebook page (with more than 130,000 fans), or our Facebook discussion group with more than 9,000 members.
Closely allied beliefs
We use the name pantheism because it has a long and venerable history dating back to Heraclitus and Marcus Aurelius and extending to Einstein, D. H. Lawrence and beyond.
Our beliefs (see the Statement of Principles) are entirely compatible with atheism, humanism, agnosticism, universalism, and paganism viewing magic, gods and spirits as symbols rather than objective realities. Most of us avoid "god-language" or religious words like church, worship, divinity and so on because we regard it as misleading. Those who do use it do so metaphorically.
We offer a home to all forms of naturalistic spirituality however you may choose to label them. Other paths that approximate include philosophical Taoism, modern Stoicism, Western forms of Buddhism that celebrate Nature and daily life without supernatural beliefs, and Unitarian Universalists who do not believe in supernatural beings.
You are free to adopt the terms and practices you prefer and draw on other traditions for inspiration or celebration. Some call this a religion (a positive one), while others call it a philosophy, a way of life, or a form of general spirituality. It’s up to you.
Please explore our pages. If you have any questions, please contact us.