Chet Raymo
BornSeptember 17, 1936
Chattanooga, Tennessee
OccupationProfessor, writer
GenreScience, nature

Chet Raymo (born September 17, 1936 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is a noted writer, educator and naturalist. He is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Stonehill College, in Easton, Massachusetts. His weekly newspaper column "Science Musings" appeared in the Boston Globe for twenty years. This is now a daily blog by him. Raymo espouses his religious naturalism in When God is Gone Everything is Holy – The Making of a Religious Naturalist and frequently in his blog. As Raymo says – "I attend to this infinitely mysterious world with reverence, awe, thanksgiving, praise. All religious qualities."[1] Raymo has been a contributor to The Notre Dame Magazine[2] and Scientific American.[3]

His most famous book is the novel entitled The Dork of Cork, which was made into the feature-length film Frankie Starlight. Raymo is also the author of Walking Zero, a scientific and historical account of his wanderings along the Prime Meridian in Great Britain. Raymo was the recipient of the 1998 Lannan Literary Award for his non-fiction work.

Raymo espouses a scientific skepticism for his beliefs:

For the Religious Naturalist, darkness and silence are not the paradox, they are the resolution. The apophatic tradition ends in effective negation (God is not this, God is not that, God is not). Not only do we fall silent in the face of the Word, the Word itself dissolves into silence. We too walk a fine line; not between skepticism and faith, but between skepticism and cynicism. We try to stay firmly on the side of skepticism, open to whatever winds of wisdom blow our way, and as for knowledge of the world, we cherish the scientific way of knowing—tentative, partial, evolving.[4]

Major works


  1. ^ "Stonehill College". Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  2. ^ "to The Notre Dame Magazine". Retrieved March 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Scientific American". Retrieved February 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Chet Raymo's blog January 22, 2013