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Loyal Rue

Religious Naturalism
Loyal Rue
Fields Philosophy of religion
Philosophy of science
Human nature
Institutions Luther College
Alma mater

Ph.D., Hartford Seminary
M.Div., Luther Theological Seminary

B.A., University of Minnesota
Known for Religious naturalism
Influences Kierkegaard, Feigl, Tillich, Wittgenstein

Loyal D. Rue is an American philosopher and writer whose research focuses on naturalistic theories of religion. He is Professor Emeritus in the philosophy and religion departments at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Major publications

  • Nature is Enough: Religious Naturalism and the Meaning of Life, SUNY Press, 2011, ISBN 978-1438437996
  • Religion Is Not About God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture Our Biological Nature And What to Expect When They Fail, Rutgers University Press, 2006, ISBN 0-8135-3955-2
  • Everybody's Story: Wising Up to the Epic of Evolution, SUNY Press, 1999, ISBN 0-7914-4392-2
  • By the Grace of Guile: The Role of Deception in Natural History and Human Affairs, Oxford University Press, USA, 1994), ISBN 0-19-507508-0 (A New York Times Notable Book).
  • Amythia: Crisis in the Natural History of Western Culture, University Alabama Press, 2004), ISBN 0-8173-5136-1
  • Co-editor, Contemporary Classics in Philosophy of Religion, Open Court Pub Co, 1991, ISBN 0-8126-9168-7
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