The Purpose of the Church of Nature's God
Inspired by Nature, Based on Reason. The Journey, Not
The Church began as the concept of one individual sharing his thoughts and aspirations
in an attempt to investigate the value of
belonging to a Freethinker's church. The Church has become a small
fellowship of Deists sharing a common interest. The Church celebrates diversity in the
most important way of all: diversity of thought. We all must, ultimately,
find our own way. The Church celebrates individualism. The Church supports
the idea of challenging and weakening the power of organized religious authorities and
establishing individuals as the ultimate arbiters of truth.
The Church is not for everyone.
- If you are looking for a church that tells you what to think, this
church is not right for you.
- If you are looking for a church that tells you how to live your
life, this church is not right for you.
- If you are looking for a church that has it all figured out and
never changes, this is not that church.
- If you are looking for a church that promises you salvation, eternal
life or miracles, or any of the characteristics of a theistic church,
you will not find any of these things here.
What does the Church offer?
- A Deist fellowship
where we can share our thoughts and aspirations.
- An approach to spirituality based on nature, experience and reason.
- A place for self-discovery for those seeking an outlet for their
- Resources to help people define their own personal concept of
something greater than themselves.
- Ideas for formulating one's own moral code.
- Suggestions for finding ways to live life with a greater sense of
purpose and meaning.
- A broad path with many branches and choices for those trying to find
What kind of person does the Church seek to attract?
The Church hopes to attract people who place high value
on free thought and reason, open-minded individualists who are seeking a
religion or spirituality that can work for them. Many of the founders of the
United States were Freethinkers, and several were Deist, or at least went
through a Deist phase in their lives. Many of the greatest and most creative
minds of all time rejected Theism. Some were Atheist, but very many of them
found spiritual fulfillment in the study of nature and the sciences. From
ancient Greece to the Enlightenment to the Space Age, Freethinking and
spiritual people have been at the cutting edge of science and philosophy.
The Church has no pretensions of sparking a new Renaissance, but providing a
place for people to use their gift of reason to grow spiritually can be
rewarding enough. And no, you do not have to be a Deist or accept all
Deistic ideas to belong to the Church.
The fact is that most Freethinkers see no need for a church. In
fact, there is, understandably, almost an anti-church attitude among Deists
and Freethinkers. Many were members of organized religions before, and their experiences have
left them with an aversion to churches. Freethinking people certainly do not need
churches for worship or religious rituals. So what functions, other than worship,
does a church provide, and why should Deists or other Freethinkers be drawn to a place that provides such functions?
I have long been intrigued by the idea of a church that encourages personal
growth, celebrates reason and offers a place for spirituality without sacred
texts or dogma. As a religion, Deism offers these things, so the Church has
a Deistic foundation, but Deism lacks many features that necessary to
establish a lasting church, so the Church extends in more directions than
The dictionary says that a church can be either a place of worship or a religious congregation. If
some feel no need to congregate with others for religious or spiritual
reasons, then a church is superfluous to them. And if a person has no desire
to engage in worship, then a church is not needed for that function. The Church is not intended as a house of worship. A church certainly is a religious congregation, however, and the Church of Nature's God
is a church by that definition. The Church aspires to fulfill some higher needs:
- The need for knowledge
- The need for spiritual growth
- The need to find a purpose in life or to understand the purpose of life
- The need for answers about life and death
- The need to develop a relationship with nature and develop a concept of
- The need to share and communicate in fellowship with one's fellow man
- The need for a social structure and to develop a moral code to live by
The Church was created for Deists and Freethinkers to help one another fulfill these needs through the sharing of natural ideas and concepts.
A free association of Deists of all persuasions can find answers to the
questions of man's higher needs.
Churches also provide other essential services: marriages, funerals, and counseling.
While it is expected that Church members reject dogma and most religious ritual and ceremony, we do, however, marry and die and pass through all of life's stages.
Upon request, the Church will support its members during such passages in
their lives. Religion plays a part in modern world events, and often not in
a positive way. A community formed around reason-based faith and spirituality can help us through these times.
"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my
religion." -- Abraham Lincoln