How to Read this Book of Essays


How to Read This Book of Essays

This book, Nature’s Path of Continuing Creation, containing 37 Essays (chapters), is complete as of March, 2024. However, we intend to update chapters when they become out of date. It is also possible that J.X. Mason (or some other Agent of Nature’s Continuing Creation) may add Essays such as “The Rise of Multicellular Life,” “Evaluating Judaism,” and “What Modern Physics Means for Continuing Creation.” 

Note: J.X. Mason also writes a Journal or newsletter, which continues on a weekly basis.
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Note: Our book opposes biblical or fundamentalist creationism.” The creation we see all around us has happened, and continues to happen, through Natural and open energy flows and evolution.

There is a suggested order for reading the 37 numbered Essays, which have been split into 10 groups called “Parts,” all as shown in our Table of Contents.

Nevertheless, Essays can also be read on a stand-alone basis, according to the interests of the individual reader.  However, everyone should begin with the Introduction and Overview Essays, along with How to Read this Book of Essays (which you are looking at right now).

Because each Essay can stand alone, you may find somewhat more repetition between the Essays than you would find between the chapters of most books… but nothing like the endless repetition we see in the Quran!

Our topics, including Energy Flow, Complexity, Evolution, and the human “Search Purpose & Meaning,” are interwoven and interreacting. Nature’s Continuing Creation itself is a Complex Adaptive System

We aim to present a practical Path toward finding Life’s Purpose and Meaning, a Path that is without myths and miracle stories.

This Book on Nature’s Continuing Creation Contains Essays on Such Topics as:

  • Patterns, complexity, and process
  • The psychology and evolution of religion
  • The great religions of the world – their individual strengths and shortcomings
  • Theology – some basic concepts
  • Suffering, evil, and death
  • Evolution — cosmic, geologic, biologic, cultural, and technological
  • Insights from mathematics and physics
  • How to Lead an ethical life; how to lead a virtuous life
  • How to lead a fulfilled and happy life
  • Is there an “afterlife?”
  • Meditation and Mindfulness
  • Symbols, songs, poems, and traditions of our new spiritual path
  • Overuse of resources, overpopulation, climate change, Mother Nature and Gaia
  • Modern Cults and Unusual Spiritual Paths

This Book is available online, for free and without ads, at

J.X. Mason’s Blog Posts

Our website also holds copies of all the weekly Journal Entries (earlier called “Blog Posts”) written by our Author, J.X. Mason.  These one-page Posts are usually about topics in the Essays, but the Posts are informal and often relate to current events.

We Welcome Constructive Comments from Readers

To send us a comment, correction, or suggestion, you can use the Contact Us tab on this website. Or you can us the “Comment Form” at the end of every Essay and Journal Entry.

Conventions Used Throughout the Text 

The phrases “Nature’s Continuing Creation,” “Continuing Creation,” and “The Growing, Organizing, Direction of the Cosmos” are used interchangeably throughout this Book. They mean the same thing.

Our Path and Practice is called by many names, including The Way of Continuing Creation, the Path, the Practice, the Flow, the Weave… and others.

The people who take up our spiritual path are called many names:  Builders (of Continuing Creation), Designers, Cultivators, Practitioners, Agents, Weavers, Followers, Co-Creators, and other similar names.

For clarity, the Essays are written in textbook style. We often use bullet points and numbered lists. Indentations are used for subsidiary points, examples, illustrations, and references.  We intend readers to be able to capture all the major ideas of this Book without reading the indented passages.

The main text of the Path of Continuing Creation is formatted in bold black type, and may begin with a bolded phrase such as, “The Practice Continuing Creation Says..”

Quotations, Photo Captions, and Tips for the Reader are done in bold brown.

Links to other websites, including, are written in bold teal (i.e., blue-green) color.

The phrases, “Old Desert Religions” means the Abrahamic Religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The phrase, “Old Asian Religions” means Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Zen. The phrase, “Old Religions” means all eight of these world religions. “Western civilization” or “Western Tradition” refers to Euro-North American, as distinguished from Asian.

In this book, the words “Nature” and “Earth” are always capitalized…. because they deserve to be!


Artificial Intelligence (AI) was not used in the writing this book.

Citations and references for each Essay are usually listed at the end of the Essay, but sometimes in the body of the Essay. 

We have every intention to give other authors full attribution for their thinking and writing. If you feel that this book about Nature’s Continuing Creation or this website have failed to properly acknowledge prior work done by other writers, please send us an email using the Contact Page and I will correct the oversight immediately.


This book often draws from Wikipedia articles. As of 2022, we find that the Wikipedia articles on nearly all the subjects in this book are comprehensive and rigorously researched. That makes them perfectly “right sized” for our needs, because we discuss a very broad range of subjects, ranging from religion to science.  There is no way that J.X. Mason could have become expert on all those subjects. So, whenever we can, we link key words in our text back to the Wikipedia articles we have drawn from.  And when Wikipedia has footnoted something, we endeavor to repeat that reference in a footnote of our own.

Not-For-Profit Status

Continuing Creation, LLC, this website, and this book about Nature’s Path of Continuing Creation are completely not-for-profit.   Also, we carry no ads and ask for no donations.  All expenses are paid from the personal funds of the Author, J.X. Mason.

Affirmation of Free Speech and Free Religion

We affirm the right of nearly every person to hold her or her own beliefs and follow their own spiritual path.  We exclude people who follow doctrines involving, condoning, or accommodating cruelty and evil — such as Nazism, fascism, the extreme communism now imposed on the populace of North Korea, and the extremely violent Islamic tribalism of Nigeria’s Boko Haram.  Nature’s Continuing Creation: The Growing, Organizing, Direction of the Cosmos, spends almost no time or space discussing such extremism.


The Essays of Nature’s Path of Continuing Creation, the Author’s Journal Entries (earlier called Blog Posts), and all pages of this website were written solely by the Author, J.X. Mason, whose wholly owned company, Continuing Creation LLC, holds the Copyright for all these writings.  

About the Author, J.X. Mason

On this same website, please see our webpage entitled, The Author”… or “About the Author.”  In doing his research and writing, Mason was advised by a several marvelous professionals who are listed and credited on The Author” Page.

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