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Religious fanaticism versus humanist values - Media with Conscience - MWC News (satire) (registration) (blog)

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Religious fanaticism versus humanist values - Media with Conscience
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What our friends and sympathisers can do in this struggle is not to become only silent spectators and leave the field open to the fanatics but to side with those ...

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19 January 2017 | 2:08 pm

Jesus Is the Ultimate Humanist - Patheos (blog)

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Jesus Is the Ultimate Humanist
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Humanism” is a dirty word in some Christian circles. It is often associated with secular humanism, which connotes humans liberated from the stifling constraints of religion and enslaving concepts of deity. The irony is that theologians like John ...

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17 January 2017 | 9:00 pm

Humanists are good citizens, embrace reasoning: Letter - Poughkeepsie Journal

Humanists are good citizens, embrace reasoning: Letter
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Jeffrey Mahoney's recent letter, "Relax, enjoy and have a Merry Christmas" was very hard on secular humanists. To quote Jeffrey, "The stank, oppressive odor of secular humanism brings out the worst in people. It is divisive, inherently angry, jealous ...

14 January 2017 | 4:02 am

Humanists Integrate, Religionists Segregate - Huffington Post

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Humanists Integrate, Religionists Segregate
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Humanists can do this too. (Humanists are people with a nonreligious usually atheistic attitude toward life who celebrate human ingenuity and goodness.) Humanists can claim all that is good in religion and say it really Humanist. Humanists can identify ...

13 January 2017 | 12:20 pm

The Worst is Yet to Come as Authoritarianism Challenges Humanism - The Wire

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The Worst is Yet to Come as Authoritarianism Challenges Humanism
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It will oppose liberal democracy and neoliberal capitalism, the rule of finance and the rule of the people, humanism and nihilism. Capitalism and liberal democracy triumphed over fascism in 1945 and over communism in the early 1990s when the Soviet ...

10 January 2017 | 9:43 pm

Is Humanism Really Humane? - New York Times

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Is Humanism Really Humane?
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Natasha Lennard: “Posthumanism” could mean a variety of things. What is it for you, and how does it challenge the standard, liberal humanism we're familiar with? Cary Wolfe: Well, let's start by acknowledging that the subject of “humanism” itself is a ...

9 January 2017 | 11:55 am

Cardinal: welcoming migrants, refugees is part of Christian ... - Catholic Culture

Cardinal: welcoming migrants, refugees is part of Christian ...
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Writing in L'Osservatore Romano, an Italian cardinal lamented xenophobia and the “noisy desire to build walls of separation between one nation and another.”.

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9 January 2017 | 1:56 am

INTIX Emphasizes Humanism - Venues Today

INTIX Emphasizes Humanism
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Maureen Andersen's main goal as the new president and CEO of INTIX is to “put the humanism back into what we are doing.” The International Ticketing Association (INTIX) annual conference will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Jan. 24-26.

4 January 2017 | 7:43 pm

In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher, Actress, Author, Humanist - Patheos (blog)

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In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher, Actress, Author, Humanist
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Last April, in recognition of her support for humanism, and humanist values, Fisher received the prestigious 10th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, awarded by the Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics (HCHAA) ...
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27 December 2016 | 1:27 pm

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24 December 2016 | 8:34 pm


Who is humanity?

To expel God from his heaven and to rob him of his “transcendence” cannot yet support a claim of complete victory, if therein he is only chased into the human identity and gifted with indelible immanence. It is yet Christian to say, “The divine is the truly human!”

After the annihilation of faith the humanist thinks to put in to the supposedly safe harbour of love. “The first and highest law must be the love of man to man. Homo homini Deus est – this is the supreme practical maxim, this is the turning point of the world’s history.” But, properly speaking, only the god is changed – the deus; love has remained: there love to the superhuman God, here love to the human God, to homo as Deus. Therefore humanity must be to me sacred. And so the relations of love between humans are moral relations. "Friendship is and must be sacred for you, and property (private or collective), and marriage, and the good of every man, but sacred in and of itself.” Haven’t we here the priest again? Who is his God? Humanity with a great H! Then the predicate has indeed only been changed into the subject, and, instead of the sentence “God is love,” they say “love is divine”; instead of “God has become man,” the sermon goes “Man has become God,” etc. It is nothing more or less than mere religion. Altogether the humanist accomplishes only a transposition of subject and predicate, a giving of preference to the latter. But, since he himself says, “Love is not (and has never been considered by men) sacred through being a predicate of God, but it is a predicate of God because it is divine in and of itself,” he might judge that the fight against the predicates themselves, against love and all sanctities, must be commenced. How could he hope to turn men away from God when he left them the divine? And if, as the humanist says, God himself has never been the main thing to them, but only his predicates, then he might have gone on leaving them the tinsel longer yet, since the doll, the real kernel, was left at any rate. He recognizes, too, that with him it is “only a matter of annihilating an illusion”; he thinks, however, that the effect of the illusion on people is “downright ruinous, since even love, in itself the truest, most inward sentiment, becomes an obscure, illusory one through religiousness, since religious love loves humanity only for God’s sake, therefore loves humanity only apparently, but in truth God only.” Is this different with moral love? Does it love the specific one, this one for this one’s sake, or for humanity’s sake, and so – for homo homini Deus – for God’s sake?

With this understood we may now ask ourselves, "Why do certain opposition parties fail to flourish?" Solely for the reason that they refuse to forsake the path of morality. Hence the measureless hypocrisy of solidarity, love, identity, etc., from whose excessive sweetness one may daily get the most thorough nausea at the contradictory relation of a “lawful opposition.” In the moral relations of love, identity, and solidarity a divided or opposed will cannot have place; the beautiful relation is disturbed if the one wills this and the other the reverse. The moral relation is to be preserved above all. What is then left to the seperate? Perhaps the will to have a privilege. But what if the beloved sees fit to deny it? No! One may not will to have the privilege, one may only ask for it, “petition” for it, lisp a “Please, please!” What would come of it if the seperate really willed, willed with the full energy of the will? No, it must renounce its will in order to live for love, renounce power – for love of morality. One may never “claim as a right” what one must request. Love, solidarity, identity, etc., demand with undeviating definiteness that there be a collective will to which its "members" (subjects) devote themselves, which they serve, follow, and love.

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15 January 2017 | 2:19 pm

Request for beta readers for a book on secular morality

I am looking for beta readers for a book I have written so that I might gain feedback on the material before publication. It is 77,251 words and approx. 151 pages.

The book details a secular moral framework whose essential idea is that while morality is a construct, we can use logic to explore and define a code of morality that creates the best possible life for people. Additionally it encourages the reader to become highly educated in the employment of logic and to reject metaphysical beliefs and explanations, as well as pseudo-scientific processes of inquiry. Many examples are given of these things in order to help the reader identify the unhelpful beliefs so they can be rejected.

The book is primarily aimed at atheists, agnostics and humanists who are looking for a formal moral structure to accompany their lifestyles and assist with making moral decisions. Unlike most books about atheism it spends very little time addressing arguments for the existence of a metaphysical world and instead focuses on explaining why morality is a construct and how it is possible to develop a moral framework that serves the common good. It is of most use to people who have recently left an organized religion and are looking for a replacement moral framework to accommodate their atheism.

If you are interested in providing feedback, please send me a PM with your email address and I will send you a PDF of the book along with a link to a questionnaire to make it easy for you to provide feedback to me. Thank you.

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14 January 2017 | 6:05 am

A Humanist's "Ten Commandments" (or a similar numbered list of tenents)?

I've read an older post that related to hypothetical "ten commandments" for non-believers or some-such, and I agree with one of the comments that said that it wouldn't be right to mimic a religious "practice" (sorry, I lacked a better term).

But if a list were to be compiled of some of the basic tenents that are generally followed or believed by humanists, what would you argue should be put on it? I know everyone's faith is different from one another in some way, but if you had to answer, what would you want to see on that list?

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9 January 2017 | 4:11 pm