The Religious Naturalism of Don Crosby

Crosby is a retired Professor, writer, and leader in the religious naturalist movement.

The sermon this Sunday is the third and final sermon in a sermon series about religious naturalism. We have explored the thinking of Loyal Rue, Ursula Goodenough, and this week we will look at the perspective of Don Crosby.  (No, this is not Don Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash).

He grew up in Pensacola, Florida, attended Davidson College in North Carolina and trained for the Presbyterian ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. After three years in the parish he switched to teaching.

Crosby began to develop his version of religious naturalism in writings dating from the early 1990s, reaching fuller expression in A Religion of Nature in 2002, and continuing to the present. Major influences on Crosby’s outlook are the findings of contemporary science, especially in the fields of evolutionary biology and ecology.

I will frame my remarks about Crosby and religious naturalism within the context of the rapidly changing developments happening in the ecological movement in this country and worldwide.