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Topic: Humanism

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  American Humanist Association: Humanism
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
Humanism and Its Aspirations: Humanist Manifesto III is the latest articulation of what it means to be a Humanist.
Explanations of Humanism: Exploration of what it means to be a Humanist.
www.americanhumanist.org /humanism   (0 words)

  Glossary: Glossary | International Humanist and Ethical Union
Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives.
In February 1946, van Praag was one of the principal initiators of establishing the Dutch Humanist League, and became its Chairman from 1946 to 1969.
He is a proponent of the Dutch model of Humanism as a modern social movement that pays much attention to the translation of Humanist principles into education and counselling, and the implementation of the principles into legislation.
www.iheu.org /glossary   (3321 words)

  Renaissance Humanism
Humanism is the term generally applied to the predominant social philosophy and intellectual and literary currents of the period from 1400 to 1650.
Humanism embodied the mystical and aesthetic temper of a pre-scientific age.
Indeed, it was during the humanist era that the freedom of individual expression and opposition to authority was first brought to the surface and became an integral part of the western intellectual tradition.
www.historyguide.org /intellect/humanism.html   (1612 words)

  Humanism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Humanism is a broad category of active ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities—particularly rationalism.
Secular humanism is the branch of humanism that rejects theistic religious belief and the existence of a supernatural.
Religious humanism is the branch of humanism that considers itself religious (based on a functional definition of religion), or embraces some form of theism, deism, or supernaturalism, without necessarily being allied with organized religion, as such.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Humanism   (2226 words)

 Religious Humanism Encyclopedia Article @ ParksAndWildlife.com (Parks and Wildlife)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Humanism as it was conceived in the early 20th century rejected revealed knowledge, theism-based morality and the supernatural.
Spiritual Humanism is an attempt to return to the original concept of humanism as fulfilling all of the functions of revealed religion.
Another approach, Christian Existential Humanism, related to the work of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, features a humanist perspective grounded in Christian religious belief; where humanity is something to be celebrated, but not as a replacement for the divine.
www.parksandwildlife.com /encyclopedia/Religious_humanism   (563 words)

 Humanism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Humanism, now and in the past, is not synonymous with atheism or agnosticism, but may contain atheists and agnostics.
Humanism was applied to many writers and cultural figures, and was adopted by a few such as E M Forster, who was especially interesting as he was actively in touch with those who moulded the BHA out of the Ethical Union.
And a humanism without adjectives is simply the synergy born of the cooperation and energy of many humanists, and the implications of this for civilisation and the world we inhabit, its present and its future, its religious and non-religious citizens.
www.sofn.org.uk /Conferences/humanism.html   (2300 words)

 My Definition of Humansim   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Humanism maintains there is no evidence a supernatural power ever needed or wanted anything from people, ever communicated to them, or ever interfered with the laws of nature to assist or harm anyone.
Humanism says people can find purpose in life and maximize their long-term happiness by developing their talents and using those talents for the service of humanity.
Humanism considers the universe to be the result of an extremely long and complex evolution under immutable laws of nature.
www.humanismbyjoe.com /my_def_of_humanism.htm   (407 words)

Humanism in general, was that it opened up the real sources of ancient culture and drew from these, as a subject of study for its own sake, the classic literature which till then had been used in a merely fragmentary way.
Humanism, a man of the most varied talents -- a philosopher, mathematician, historian, publisher of classical and medieval writings, and a clever Latin poet, who celebrated in ardent verse his ever changing lady-loves and led a life of worldly indulgence.
Humanism, and in Jodokus Trutfetter (1460-1519), the teacher of Luther, a diligent writer and conscientious professor of theology and philosophy.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/07538b.htm   (3807 words)

Humanism was “codified” by 34 of its leaders in 1933.
Obviously humanism does not deny the possibility of realities as yet undiscovered, but it does insist that the way to determine the existence and value of any and all realities is by means of intelligent inquiry and by the assessment of their relations to human needs.
Humanism is fostered by the teaching of evolutionary science, materialism and moral relativism in our popular media and public school system.
www.allaboutphilosophy.org /humanism.htm   (714 words)

Humanism was not opposed to logic, as is commonly held, but opposed to the particular brand of logic known as Scholasticism.
Humanism as an educational curriculum began in the early years of the fourteenth century in Italy.
Like Valla, they argued that selfishness to a certain degree was the foundation of all human achievement: the quest for glory and nobility led to political greatness and stability while the quest for material gain led to human mastery of nature and the earth.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~dee/REN/HUMANISM.HTM   (3058 words)

 Humanism and Buddhism
When these characteristics are applied to the human plane the first characteristic of unsatisfactoriness is usually seen as suffering (dukkha), the second in the human processes of ageing, decay and death (jar-maraa), and the third is the absence of a soul (anatt).
Humanism progressed from this early start and by the nineteenth century was able to adopt a secular form completely freed from the Christian religion and indeed combating the principal dogmas of this religion.
While humanism considers the normal span of an individual's activity to be the term of his or her natural life, Buddhism has a much wider perspective and considers the life-span of an individual to be a single episode in a much longer story.
www.uq.net.au /slsoc/manussa/humbud.htm   (10227 words)

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Humanism or Renaissance humanism is the cultural movement in Europe during the Middle Ages and the renaissance, that revived the language (in particular the Greek language), science and poetry of classical antiquity (mainly Ancient Greece).
A person primarily studying languages related to classical antiquity, such as Greek or Latin, and the art, literature and poetry of this epoch may sometimes be called a humanist and the main area of concern for these people is then referred to as humanities.
Humanism is a doctrine, attitude, or way of life centered on human interests or values, stressing an individual's dignity and worth and capacity for self-realization through reason and other human skills.
wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/h/hu/humanism.html   (170 words)

 Humanism in Scripture and Culture:  Recovering a Balance
Humanism is simply a concern with things human, especially with literature, the arts, and the humanities ("the branches of learning, as philosophy and language, that investigate human constructs and concerns as opposed to natural processes, as physics and chemistry," Webster’s).
Humanism arose as a concern and a discipline largely as a reaction against the medieval period in which almost all the emphasis was on the supernatural, mostly in the form of magic and the demonic.
As such, all of human existence is lived under God, under a "sacred canopy." This is simply a metaphor to describe the essence of the theological theme of wisdom: "The reverence of God is the beginning of wisdom" (Prov 1:7).
www.cresourcei.org /humanism.html   (1742 words)

 British Humanist Association
Humanism is an approach to life based on humanity and reason - humanists recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone.
Humanism encompasses atheism and agnosticism ‑ but is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than these negative responses to religion.
An Ipsos MORI poll of November 2006 revealed that 36% of the population share humanist beliefs on morality and the nature of the universe.
www.humanism.org.uk /site/cms/contentChapterView.asp?chapter=309   (887 words)

 Teaching Christian Humanism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
But Christian humanism is properly nothing but a reclaiming of the basic inheritance of our history and the natural connection of culture with the religious vistas of the human being.
The first is that all human societies contain a kind of opening toward transcendence; the relationship between the human person and God is constitutive and unavoidable.
The second is the equally incontestable fact that culture is derived from and connected to religion: architecture to temples of worship, drama to religious ritual, universities to acquiring sacred knowledge, music, sculpture and painting to the praise of the divine, indeed science and political economy themselves to categories generated by divine stories.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft9605/opinion/nemoianu.html   (1977 words)

 Religious Movements Homepage: Secular Humanism
Humanism also borrows from Naturalism, a branch of philosophy that considers man, earth, space and time as one Nature.
We are committed to the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and to the solving of human problems.
We affirm humanism as a realistic alternative to theologies of despair and ideologies of violence and as a source of rich personal significance and genuine satisfaction in the service to others.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/secular_humanism.html   (2697 words)

 Secular Humanism
Human beings are not mere intellects on legs, as Beverley Earles once put it.
It is time to recommend the adoption of secular humanism in the curricula of all public educational institutions, particularly high schools and junior colleges.
The Promise of Humanism (1989) by Frederick Edwords
www.infidels.org /library/modern/nontheism/secularhumanism   (573 words)

Humanism is a view of life which does not count upon any supernational phenomenon or life after death.
The UN declaration of human rights which is based upon the stoic Philosophy, is also a good basis for moral.
Humanism is the opposite of fundamentalism because it appeals to people to think critical, choose view of life and make their own desicions.
www.update.uu.se /~fbendz/humanism/hum_eng.htm   (630 words)

 WeddingsofNewYork Non-religious civil ceremonies Humanism
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, inaugurated by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, is the culmination of this ideal, and a purely Humanist document establishing human rights and equality for everyone on the planet.
Humanism is recognized as the legal equivalent of faith-based religions by the Supreme Court.
Humanism as a philosophical 'life stance' focuses on ethics, reason, active compassion and individual responsibility, and many humanists are congregational members of Ethical Societies, Unitarian Congregations, and present among Buddhists, Quakers, Secular Jewish groups and others who believe in actively supporting human and civil rights and social justice.
www.weddingsofnewyork.com /humanism.html   (627 words)

 Christian Humanism
Humanism, an educational and philosophical outlook that emphasizes the personal worth of the individual and the central importance of human values as opposed to religious belief, developed in Europe during the Renaissance, influenced by the study of ancient Greek and Latin literature and philosophy.
The founder of Renaissance humanism was Petrarch (1304-74), an Italian poet and man of letters who attempted to apply the values and lessons of antiquity to questions of Christian faith and morals in his own day.
Christian humanists acknowledge the contributions of other forms of humanism, such as the classical variety that discovered the value of human liberty, and the Marxists, who realize that man has been estranged from the good life because he is dispossessed of property and subordinated to material and economic forces.
mb-soft.com /believe/txn/chrishum.htm   (1607 words)

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