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Humanism is effectively the religion of the Enlightenment.
Kind of funny, isn't it?
Somewhat akin to saying that electricity is the 'fire' of the modern world.
The religion of the Enlightenment is Ontology. Ontological branches of Christianity and Judaism are becoming more and more popular, and leading people away from their temples and into a life where they may still believe in God without most people knowing.
It's not at all clear what "Humanism" is supposed to be, or whether the AHA is the anti-religious organization it claims to be. Perhaps they're closet Christians playing devil's advocate. Or perhaps they don't care either way whether there's a God and they're just carpetbagging. But one thing is clear. -- They are far more afraid of Ontologists who live secular lives and tie their faith to the secular knowledge they get from public schools, than they are of religious adherents who base their lives on apologetic ignorance.
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a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
So no... still not a religion.
Considering that the author of this article is the president of the AHA, this was a very unbiased article. Great job writing it! I completely agree that its time this resource was available.
I am a Secular Buddhist, and oftentimes feel that organized Athiesm & Humanist movements put too much emphisis entirely on science. Science IS profoundly important—as a scource of knowledge and awe nothing comes close.
And at the same time, athiests need more outreach on how we express and engage with the world when it touches us. As in art, especially poetry.
I think part of what makes any "holy" book work is if it contains beautifully written poetry with philisophically meaningful metaphors. We humanists and athiests express our connection with the world as not just cold science and hard facts, but also as music & poetry & countless other forms of art. We do ourselves a disservice by focusing soley on science as the primary distinction between ourselves and religious believers. We need to share the left-handed side of athiesm, too. We are both scientists AND poets at the same time!
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Dave Niose is an attorney, activist, and writer. He is president of the Washington-based American Humanist Association.
When and how should we open up to loved ones?