“We have invented the whole machinery of the supernatural, with its unseen spirits and powers good and bad. . .because we found the universal everyday nature too cheap, too common, too vulgar.  We have had to cap the natural with the supernatural to satisfy our love for the marvellous and the inexplicable.”

~John Burroughs, Leaf and Tendril, 1908

“Humanity is a part of the universe. . . .  The God we worship is our own shadow cast upon the heavens.”

~John Burroughs, Accepting the Universe, 1920

“I never tire of contemplating the earth as it swims through space. . .it is more and more in my thoughts–its beauty, its wonder, its meaning, and the grandeur of the voyage we are making on its surface.  The imaginary and hoped-for other world occupies my thoughts very little.  There is so much to know here, so much to enjoy. . . .  I am in love with the earth.”

~John Burroughs, Field and Study, 1919



Chris Highland at, on and in Lake Tahoe, CA

Beyond God is not anti-religion or anti-faith, but it IS anti-nonsense and anti-superstition.  It is pro-wisdom and pro-common sense solutions to the real issues that face us, theist or nontheist, on our small rock spinning in space.  With guides like Burroughs, Muir, Thoreau and other “secular saints” we explore  the only world we know, the home we experience and love.  Any distractions from this beautiful, complex and sometimes terrifying world we have to live in together are critiqued here, drawn into what Burroughs called “the light of day.”  Some of these posts and links are incisive, acerbic and unforgiving, especially when Religion and Faith are seen as destructive, unjust or lacking in basic common sense or compassion.

The old ways of religion with its otherworldly thinking are passing away, revealed for what they are:  distractions and very often diversions from living the Good beyond “God” (any super-natural imagined being beyond, beneath, behind the cosmos we exist in).

The host is Chris Highland, a former Protestant Minister and Interfaith Chaplain who continues to write and teach about “Natural Wisdom” from all sources, working and living collaboratively every day with people of faith or no faith.


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  1. Hello Chris,
    Nice to find you out here in cyberspace! We seem to share similar ideals, especially the part about being positive, creative and forward-looking as opposed to “anti” anything. Where are you located? If you are anywhere near us we’d be happy to invite you to one of our events. Please check us out at http://www.sacredsecularsanctuary.com. Hope to hear from you.

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