I HAVE NEVER been an atheist but neither have I have ever felt fully at home in any of the established religions, though they all have their attractions. Many Indigenous religions are in some ways salutary but each belongs to its own people and I cannot simply pretend to be a Maori or a Hopi. Now, in my seventh decade, I have hit upon ‘natural religion’.

It is ‘natural’ because it is on the one hand intuitive – the kind of worldview that seems to have evolved as humanity evolved, and is at the core of all religions, both traditional and ‘formal’. It is ‘natural’, too, because it is grounded in ...


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