Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena
A phenomenon , plural phenomena, is any observable occurrence. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as 'appearances' or 'experiences'...

 of the physical world, and also to life
Life is a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have signaling and self-sustaining processes from those that do not, either because such functions have ceased , or else because they lack such functions and are classified as inanimate...

 in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic
The Universe is commonly defined as the totality of everything that exists, including all matter and energy, the planets, stars, galaxies, and the contents of intergalactic space. Definitions and usage vary and similar terms include the cosmos, the world and nature...


The word nature is derived from the Latin word natura, or "essential qualities, innate disposition", and in ancient times, literally meant "birth".

"Because God created the Natural – invented it out of His love and artistry – it demands our reverence." - C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), God in the Dock, 1948

"It seems clear at last that our love for the natural world — Nature — is the only means by which we can requite God's obvious love for it." - Edward Abbey (1927-1989)

"Nature is the time-vesture of God that reveals Him to the wise, and hides him from the foolish." - Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), The Open Secret

"Nature is a revelation of God; Art a revelation of mankind." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)