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.

Learn more…

Upcoming Events

Please see the NOSHA Calendar for all scheduled events.

  • UNITY of New Orleans — Tackling Housing and Homelessness

    August 18 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm at Jefferson Parish Library

    UNITY of Greater New Orleans is a nonprofit organization leading a collaborative of over 60 agencies providing housing and services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Their mission is to coordinate community partnerships to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness. Joe Heeren- Mueller will be speaking to us on the history of UNITY. He will touch on the growth and accomplishments over the years and will give a brief summary of their

  • Sunday Freethinkers Fika – Join Us in August!

    August 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at CC’S Community Coffee House

    “Fika”, a valued social institution in Sweden, means taking a regular break to enjoy refreshments with your friends or colleagues. We would like to add that experience to NOSHA! From the book ‘The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break’: “Functioning as both a verb and a noun, the concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with

  • Last Supper Dinner Club – September

    September 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Cafe Equator

    Dine with the deniers! This month takes us to Cafe Equator in Metairie for delicious Thai food. Located near Lakeside Mall, this location is easy to get to and a comfortable spot to relax. You can check out the menu here: • Important to knowPlease keep us up to date on your ability to make the dinner by using the RSVP function as soon as your plans change. It’s very helpful for us to know how many folks are

The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

The Hard Truths of Scientism

—Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.     The Grand Design  Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.   —Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.   Carl Sagan   —Physical facts fix all the facts.   Alex Rosenberg   One making the claim that…

BOOK REVIEW– The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World

Readers interested in the early history of Christianity will enjoy historian Bart Ehrman’s latest book and bestseller, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World. The book focuses mainly on what happened, and why things happened the way the did, during the 4th century. In 301 CE, Christians were a small but visible minority within the Roman Empire, subject to persecution by decree of emperor Diocletian. By 399 Christianity was the official religion of the empire, and…

If the Humanist Manifesto Were a Book It Might Look Like This

Editor’s note: The following is a continuing and expanded review of Steven Pinker’s newly released book referenced in the previous post. In what must be the most robust recent defense of the 18th Century social, political, and intellectual movement known as The Enlightenment, Steven Pinker stays true to the movement’s foundations by methodically presenting its case in his latest book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Viking, 2018), affirming his  belief in the certainty of increasing…


The Humanist Perspective