When I first noticed Elaine Pagels’ recent book Why Religion? A Personal Story, I anticipated a scholarly analysis of what motivated humans to hold religious beliefs or engage in religious practices. I could not have been more wrong. This book is intensely personal, subjective, and emotional. Perhaps I should not have been so surprised. Religion is, after all, something personal, subjective, and emotional. Dr. Pagels is a professor of religion at Princeton University, and a scholar of Gnostic literature, works…
The New Orleans Secular Humanist Association is dedicated to raising the awareness of people of the Gulf Coast region to the ideals and values of secular humanism.
What is Humanism?
Humanists reject superstitious beliefs. Instead, we can make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared values. We can make the best of life by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, and choosing to take responsibility for our actions.
It is important to act morally towards others, not because of a divine imperative, but because people have inherent dignity. We have only one life, it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it well.
Please see the NOSHA Calendar for all scheduled events.
- June 17 @ 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm at NOA-TV Community Station
If you have ever wondered how we create the monthly television program “The Humanist Perspective” (which was a beloved creation of our President Emeritus Harry Greenberger to showcase secular humanism, local culture and issues of importance to our community), here’s your chance to learn more! You will be up close and personal and will find out about the production steps that go in to making it. The only main requirements are that you can remain quiet and turn off your
- June 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Mellow Mushroom
We are due for some easy, shareable muchies and pizza is about as easy as it gets. And we haven’t done pizza in a while. You can check out the menu here https://mellowmushroom.com/location/la-new-orleans-8227-oak-street-70118/ *** As a courtesy to the restaurant and the other attendees, please update your status if something changes and you or your guest cannot attend (so we don’t look like fools to the restaurant staff for asking them to set up for 20 when only 12 show
- June 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at CC’s Coffee House
Our monthly Freethinkers Fika is a small, friendly social gathering for humanists, atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers to engage in free discussion with like-minded others in a coffee-shop atmosphere. Secular Humanism is a philosophy that seeks to make sense of the world using science, reason, and shared values; we reject attempts to explain the world in supernatural terms. This philosophy forms the basis for our affiliation in NOSHA, and thus will necessarily inform the perspective from which...
. “….no one is born to be anything but human.”—Eugene C. Thomas Eugene C. Thomas—Baba Geno—has been a recent guest on NOSHA’s cable access television program The Humanist Perspective. Insights into his life becoming the consummate humanist, from student and soldier, to spiritualist, writer, community radio broadcaster, and attorney-at law, can be heard at the link above. Here, he shares an introduction to his planned book compilation of essays and observations–edited, with permission from him. …
Denialism has always been synonymous with human nature; that is, any definition of “human nature” would need to include this frailty. We follow our confirmation bias to defy reality and challenge evidence that is widely accepted by society. The term climate change evolved before from what was known in the 1980s as “Global Warming.” The rise of an increasingly globalized economy spurred several multinational corporations— like Exxon—to undertake studies which yielded findings that there could be catastrophic…