The World Pantheist Movement’s basic orienting beliefs (known as Scientific Pantheism) are set out in the WPM belief statement.
This is not a creed in the religious sense. It is not something we recite, or that we are obliged to learn and accept every word of.
It is a guide to what the WPM is about, a notice on our door that says, if you like this, come in.
It is the set of beliefs that the WPM seeks to make widely available as a spiritual option to as many people as possible.
They are not so much beliefs as a set of feeling and values about what, thanks to science and our senses, we know to exist.
The central viewpoint is that the Universe and Nature should be regarded with the deepest reverence and wonder, and Nature should be treated with the deepest love and respect and care.
Similar views are shared by many people who use other terms, such as religious humanist, religious naturalist, religious atheist, and many other combinations. The WPM is a natural home for those who have this same orientation, whatever terms they use to call themselves.
When we say WE REVERE THE EARTH, we mean it with just as much commitment and reverence as believers speaking about their invisible god or gods.
But we are not talking about supernatural powers or beings.
We are saying this:
Nature made us and at our death we will be reabsorbed into Nature. We are at home in Nature and in our bodies. This is where we belong.
Nature is our mother, our home, our security, our peace, our past and our future.
We are part of Nature. Nature is an interdependent community of living beings, lands, forests, mountains, waves, winds. We should treat natural things and habitats as sacred – to be revered and preserved in all their intricate and fragile beauty.
Earth is the only place where we can find and make our paradise, not some imaginary realm on the other side of the grave.
We are living at a critical time where Nature is under unprecedented threat from human-created global warning.
More than ever we need to be aware of our individual obligation to live sustainably with Nature, as well as to work in our families and communities so that everyone can do so.
When we say WE REVERE THE UNIVERSE we are not talking about a supernatural being, because we do not believe in supernatural beings.
We are talking about the way our senses and our emotions force us to respond to the overwhelming mystery, power and beauty that surrounds us.
The Universe creates us, preserves us, destroys us. Our earth was created from the Universe and will one day be reabsorbed into the Universe.
The Universe is an interdependent collective of all that exists. We are part of the Universe. We are made of the same matter and energy as the Universe.
The Universe is deep and old beyond our ability to reach with our senses.
It is beautiful beyond our ability to describe in words.
Through science we have glimpses into the depth and complexity of the Universe, yet it retains its mystery.
This wonder is everywhere inside you and outside you and you can never be separated from it.
Wherever you are, it’s there with you.
Wherever you go, it goes with you.
Whatever happens to you, it remains with you.