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        SECULAR HUMANISM

I either donít believe in God (atheism), or donít know if God exists (agnosticism). Without faith in any divine reason for human existence or absolute moral code, I aim to discover or otherwise insert meaning, notions of good and evil, and universal values into my life. While I am troubled by ignorance and chaos, I tolerantly accept human imperfections, and pursue knowledge relevant to the human condition. I champion both the capacity for self realization through reason, and responsible living through brotherhood. Although I donít embrace a personal God, in asserting the dignity and worth of people, in helping them appreciate their place, I nonetheless maintain a hopeful and optimistic outlook on life.

Related Words, Beliefs, Background -- 43 entries           Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book

WV Theme #10: Secular Humanism --Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

demands separation of church and state disdains religious framework, embraces Secular Spirituality
appreciates Human Condition / search for meaning  doesn't believe in God / Atheism  

summary Wikipedia article: Secular Humanism

 

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Human Nature (from online encyclopedia)
Existentialism (from online encyclopedia)
Secular Ethics (from online encyclopedia)
Religious Humanism (from online encyclopedia)
Irreligion (from online encyclopedia)
Freethought (from online encyclopedia)
Tolerance (from online encyclopedia)
Definitions of Humanism. (from American Humanist Association)
The Humanist Institute
Secular Humanism (links to many articles)
The Secular Web (a non-profit promising "a drop of reason in a pool of confusion")
Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles
National Secular Society (British group)
Council for Secular Humanism
Freedom from Religion Foundation (protecting the constitutional principle of separation of church & state)
Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton  (Mar 16 2012 NY Times book review by David Brooks of this book)
The Good Book: A Humanist Bible by A.C. Grayling (book review by Marjorie Kehe in April 15 2011 CSM)
The Portable Atheist ed. by Christopher Hitchens (read excerpts of this 2007 book at Google Books)
Beyond Reductionism: Reinventing the Sacred by Stuart Kauffman (2006 essay by systems biology scientist, posted on The Edge website) 
Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby (read excerpts of 2005 book at Google Books)
The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World, by Owen J. Flanagan (more about this 2007 book)
Humanist Manifestos I & II
Progressive Humanism (website promises "a new approach to humanist philosophy")
Civic Humanism
Core Principles of Secular Humanism, by V. Gunasekara (12 fundamental principles stated and examined)
Secular Humanism -- A Survey, by Stephen Weldon
Humanist Association of Canada
British Humanist Association
Humanism and New Age Thinking (links to many articles related to this topic)
Ten Classics in Humanist Cinema by Nick Farrantello (from The Humanist July 2011)
The Human Condition, by Kenneth Collier (2007 essay from UU perspective) 
The Virtues of Asian Humanism, by Nick Gier
A Christian Critique of the book Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Humanism by Paul Kurtz
Secular Humanism (an anti-humanistic, Biblical perspective)
"Religion and Politics: Preach to Me" (report on USA polling research from The Economist Oct 25 2014)
"Human Body Distinguishes Between 'Hedonic' and 'Eudaimonic' Happiness on Molecular Level" by Tamara Kemsley (July 30 2013 report)
"Religion in Public Life--Reading Dawkins in a Cabin" (article re atheists' complaints about free Bibles, in The Economist June 1 2013)
"The Blessings of Atheism" by Susan Jacoby (oped piece in NY Times Jan 5 2013)
"Deepak Chopra's God 2.0" by Michael Shermer (blasting New Age quantum flapdoodle rendition of God)
"Are Spiritual Encounters All in Your Head? by Barbara Hagerty (part of five part series on NPR, May 2009) 
Evolution, Religion, Schizophrenia, and the Schizotypal Personality (90 minute lecture by Stanford's Robert Sapolsky)
Science, Psychology, and Spirituality by Khalid Sohail  (2006 article) 
The God Who Wasn't There (website for 2005 documentary film written by Brian Flemming) 
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason, by Sam Harris (read portions on Google books)
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins (book review of 2006 book) 
The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, by Christopher Hitchens (excerpts from this 2007 book)
Irreligion, by John Allen Paulos (book in which "a mathematician explains why the arguments for God just don't add up")
Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam by Michael Onfray (read excerpts at Google Books) 
"Sunday School for Atheists," by Jennie L. St. John (article in Time December 3 2007)
Atheist Universe by David Mills (author's website for this book)
answers to "Why I am a Secular Humanist?" by several prominent people
Reason and Reverence, by William R. Murry (excerpt from book promoting humanistic religious naturalism)
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