Naturalist John Muir (1838-1914), father of National Parks and the Sierra Club, climbed above the fog of orthodoxy into higher elevations of freethought. John Burroughs called him “probably the truest lover of nature” and Theodore Roosevelt preserved millions of acres of forest after camping with Muir. We will read the best of Muir’s writing to discuss his wild and wonderful celebration of Nature—maybe a new form of “natural religion.”
Chris Highland (email@example.com) is the author of Meditations of John Muir, My Address is a River and other books. He writes a weekly Highland Views column for the Asheville Citizen-Times. Now a freethinker, he was a minister and chaplain in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. More at his website: chighland.com.