About Jay

Jay N. Forrest is a philosopher, teacher, and writer who has spent the last 40 years studying religion and philosophy. He did his undergraduate work at Central Bible College and Berean College. He earned his Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Christian University. 


Jay has taken postdoctoral courses from Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Virginia. He is a Certified Meditation Teacher, ordained Humanist minister, and the author of over a dozen books.


Jay became a Christian in 1983 and was ordained as a Christian minister in 1988. He pastored churches in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Arizona. In 2011, five years after earning his doctorate in Christian ministry, he lost his faith. 


This sent him on a search for a spirituality that was true to science, true to reason, and true to life. After leaving Christianity and Gnosticism, Jay studied Buddhism, Humanism, Daoism, Stoicism, Jainism, Confucianism, Epicureanism, and Hindu  Vendanta philosophy.


Jay is a pantheist who believes that we should learn from all wisdom traditions but cling to none. He no longer identifies with any religion, but believes that, in the words of Jiddu Krishnamurti, "truth is a pathless land." 

Jay N. Forrest

Jay N. Forrest

Jay's Recent Books
WhatIsBuddhism
What is Buddhism?

A easy to read introduction to Buddhism.

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Buddhism as Psychology
Buddhism as Psychology

Discover happines and inner peace through Buddhist teachings.

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Buddhist Meditation
Buddhist Meditation

An introduction to Buddhist meditation.

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Nikaya Buddhism
Nikaya Buddhism

Exploring the early Buddhist texts and what they mean for us today.

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Jay's Most Popular Books
SecularSpiritualityBook
Secular Spirituality

Collected works of Jay N. Forrest.


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SpiritualNaturalismBook
Spiritual Naturalism

Discover a spiritualith within the bounds of science.

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SecularBuddhism
Secular Buddhism

The first book published with Secular Buddhism in its title.

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SpiritualityWithoutGod
Spirituality Without God

An introduction to Bodhidaoism, a spiritual path created by the author.

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