Black Atheists : Secular Humanism

Discussion in 'Atheist Study Group' started by Gorilla, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Gorilla

    Gorilla Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The problem with the word atheism is that it isn't very useful in describing what one does believe, and includes all of the uncomfortable connotations of a word that started out as being something one was charged with or accused of.

    I thought it might be interesting to look at something a lot of atheists, myself included, consider themselves: Humanist.

    I think Wikipedia offers a pretty good starting definition:

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secular_humanism

    To me, Humanism offers a way to relate to the world on matters of morality and truth through the experience and life I'm certain to have currently. It's also kept open avenues I wouldn't have otherwise considered, if I were ever someone who was a strict adherent to only one way of thinking or some single faith. It's been my answer to "What can an atheist believe in?".

    I'll try to expand on this thread or make others about Humanism.
     
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    Terms such as reason, ethics, and justice have been contorted into all sorts of shapes to the point the shapes no longer reflect the true nature of the terms.
     
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    It's being human..............
     
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    Gorilla Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Not necessarily. Aren't those there modes of belief and thought being human as well? It's not that simple.
     
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    Gorilla Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The following link contains a small collection of Humanist writings from the American Humanist Association: http://www.americanhumanist.org/Who_We_Are/About_Humanism

    The manifestos are of particular interest since they lay out some interesting and tersely stated beliefs about how a Humanist should conduct themselves, relate to the world, and think about things.
     
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