Reading up on Paganism and naturalistic spirituality? Here are some books to get you started.
- Abram, David, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-human World – an entrancing investigation into our relation to the world of the senses
- Adler, Margot, Drawing Down the Moon – an excellent resource on modern Neopaganism
- Becker, Lawrence. A New Stoicism – a version of Stoicism updated to be fully consistent with current scientific naturalism
- Brisson, Luc. How Philosophers Saved Myths: Allegorical Interpretation and Classical Mythology – a history of allegory from Classical Greece to the Renaissance
- Buber, Martin, I and Thou – the classic work on dialogue and spirituality (also available in the Kaufmann translation)
- Burkert, Walter. Greek Religion – a quintessential, comprehensive introduction to ancient Greek religion.
- Darwin, Charles. On the Origin of Species – the classic, full text online.
- Dennet, Daniel, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon – an atheist philosopher’s fascination with the phenomenon of religion.
- Epstein, Greg, Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe – Humanist ethics in a world without divine sanction
- Harrison, Paul, Elements of Pantheism: Religious Reverence of Nature and the Universe – A handbook on pantheism from a key figure in the World Pantheist Movement.
- Hawking, Stephen. A Brief History of Time – now classic introduction to modern cosmology and physics, from the Big Bang to the present
- Humanist Manifestos I, II, and III – declarations of Humanist values from 1933, 1973, and 2003, respectively
- IAO131, Naturalistic Occultism – From the book description: “an attempt to treat the phenomena of occultism with an eye of naturalism (i.e. not supernatural), science (i.e. based on empirical evidence), and pragmatism (i.e. what works is provisionally ‘true’).”
- Jones, Prudence and Nigel Pennick, A History of Pagan Europe – a readable primer on Paganism throughout European history, from the neolithic through the present day
- Kerenyi, Karl. Gods of the Greeks – a compendium of Greek myths written for adults, told from the point of view of an ancient Greek person
- Kurtz, Paul, Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call for a New Planetary Humanism – a book-length elaboration of the values of Secular Humanism
- Kramer, Kenneth, Martin Buber’s I and Thou: Practicing Living Dialogue – a manual for putting Buber’s dialogue into practice
- Kuhn, Thomas, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – key work on paradigm shifts.
- Kuzminski, Adrian, Pyrrhonism: How the Ancient Greeks Reinvented Buddhism – the Classical philosophy of Pyrrhonian Skepticism compared with Buddhism.
- Lurhmann, Tanya. Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft – an anthropological investigation into why so many modern people find magic compelling.
- McCauley, Robert. Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not – a cognitive science view on how religion exploits natural mental tendencies, while science pushes us to difficult, counterintuitive ideas.
- Morton, Sherry Lynn, The Brain on Ritual: How Tantric Puja Shapes the Mind – a masters thesis exploring cognitive research in relation to Hindu puja ritual
- Myers, Brendan Cathbad and Isaac Bonewits, The Mysteries of Druidry: Celtic Mysticism, Theory, and Practice – a Druidic handbook open to a nontheistic point of view
- Myers, Brendan, The Other Side of Virtue – an exploration of virtue ethics from a modern Pagan philosopher’s perspective
- Popper, Karl, Conjectures and Refutations – a collection of pieces from one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers of science
- Rue, Loyal. Religion Is Not About God – a comprehensive theory embedding religion within evolution, explaining how it functions, and calling for a new religious traditions promoting an ecocentric morality.
- Seddon, Keith. Stoic Serenity: A Practical Course on Finding Inner Peace – a handbook of Stoicism from a leader in the modern Stoic movement. Download a pdf copy FREE here.
- Slone, D. Jason. Theological Incorrectness: Why Religious People Believe What They Shouldn’t – an exploration of the Cognitive Science of Religion
- Wilson, Timothy D. Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious – a readable account of what cognitive science can tell us about introspection, the introspection illusion, and how we come to know ourselves
- Woodruff, Paul. Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue – a secular view of reverence appropriate for our modern times
- Zuckerman, Phil. Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us about Contentment – a study of the nonreligious in contemporary Scandinavia
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