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  Secular humanism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Secular humanism is distinguished from the broader category of humanism in that the secular humanist prefers free inquiry over dogmatic wisdom—upholding the scientific method for inquiry, while rejecting revealed knowledge and theistic morality, though not necessarily faith.
The largest humanist organisation in the world (relative to population) is Norway's Human-Etisk Forbund [1], which had over 69,000 members out of a population of around 4.6 million in 2004 [2], though this is partly attributable to a unique set of Church-State relations.
By the 1970s the term was embraced by humanists who, although critical of religion in its various guises, were deliberately non-religious, as opposed to anti-religious, which means that it has nothing to do with spiritual, religious, or ecclesiastical doctrines, beliefs, or power structures.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Secular_humanism   (633 words)

 Humanism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many early doctrines calling themselves "humanist", were based on Protagoras's famous claim that "man is the measure of all things." In context, this asserted that people are the ultimate determiners of value and morality— not objective or absolutist codices.
Renaissance humanists believed that the liberal arts (art, grammar, rhetoric, oratory, history, poetry, using classical texts, and the studies of all of the above) should be practiced by all levels of "rich-ness".
Other types of people that may be considered "religious humanists" are those who, despite believing in an organized religion, don't consider it necessary to derive all their moral values from that religion.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Humanist   (993 words)

 Humanism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Humanists therefore recognize that we live in a natural universe of great size and age, that we evolved on this planet over a long period of time, that there is no compelling evidence for a separable "soul," and that human beings have certain built-in needs that effectively form the basis for any human-oriented value system.
Humanists are committed to civil liberties, human rights, church-state separation, the extension of participatory democracy not only in government but in the workplace and education, an expansion of global consciousness and exchange of products and ideas internationally, and an open-ended approach to solving social problems, an approach that allows for the testing of new alternatives.
Humanists are willing to take part in emerging scientific and technological discoveries in order to exercise their moral influence on these revolutions as they come about, especially in the interest of protecting the environment.
members.cox.net /expositor/expositor_2004_012.htm   (1284 words)

 IHS :: What Is Humanism? (The Humanist Philosophy)
Humanists believe we must live this life on the basis that it is the only life we'll have -- that, therefore, we must make the most of it for ourselves, each other, and our world.
Humanism and Its Aspirations, or Humanist Manifesto III, is the 2003 successor to the Humanist Manifesto of 1933.
Humanists are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views.
humaniststudies.org /humphil.html   (1521 words)

 Humanist Manifesto III
Humanist Manifesto III, a successor to the Humanist Manifesto of 1933*
Humanists rely on the rich heritage of human culture and the lifestance of Humanism to provide comfort in times of want and encouragement in times of plenty.
Humanists long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence.
www.americanhumanist.org /3/HumandItsAspirations.htm   (656 words)

 WeddingGuideUK.com - Humanist Ceremonies
Humanists do not believe in God, but simply in 'the good within human beings, in their equality, and in the individual's right to freedom of choice in the main decisions of life'.
The Humanist ceremony respects virtually all situations; remarriage after divorce weddings between people of different faiths or of no faith, and ceremonies allowing gay couples to declare their love and commitment to one another (although these unions are not recognised under British law).
No two humanist wedding ceremonies are the same as yours is designed for you alone and can be as traditional or unusual as you like.
www.weddingguide.co.uk /articles/ceremonies/humanist.asp   (2538 words)

 Humanist Theology
Humanist theologians insisted that the formal theology of the universities was far less valuable than a direct knowledge of the biblical text, and that the documents that supported the church's priveleges should be subjected to critical scrutiny, like any others.
These humanists claimed that their philological style of Biblical exegesis was modelled on the practice of the ancient Christian Fathers, whose authority should be preferred to that of modern scholastic doctors.
The humanists of course found many opponents among contemporary scholastics, one of whom, Antonio da Rho, was the author of the volume displayed here.
www.ibiblio.org /expo/vatican.exhibit/exhibit/c-humanism/Hum_theology.html   (1258 words)

 Humanist Manifestos I & II
As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in the prayer-hearing God, assumed to live and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith.
Those who sign Humanist Manifesto II disclaim that they are setting forth a binding credo; their individual views would be stated in widely varying ways.
We are concerned for the welfare of the aged, the infirm, the disadvantaged, and also for the outcasts -- the mentally retarded, abandoned, or abused children, the handicapped, prisoners, and addicts -- for all who are neglected or ignored by society.
www.jcn.com /manifestos.html   (4908 words)

 What is Humanism?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This is made evident by the fact that both Secular and Religious Humanists were among the signers of Humanist Manifesto I in 1933 and Humanist Manifesto II in 1973.
This is why Humanist memorial services focus, not on saving the soul of the dear departed, but on serving the survivors by giving them a memorable experience related to how the deceased was in life.
Only a Humanist can suggest that, even if there be a god, it is OK to disagree with him, her, or it.
www.jcn.com /humanism.html   (3780 words)

 The Humanist: About Us
The Humanist applies Humanism-a naturalistic and democratic outlook informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion-to broad areas of social and personal concern.
The American Humanist Association, is a membership organization established in 1941 as successor to the Humanist Press Association, which was established in 1935, which was itself successor to the Humanist Fellowship organized at the University of Chicago in 1927.
Edwords continues to promote positive humanistic change in his position as editor of the Humanist magazine, a post he has held since 1994, and as editorial director of the American Humanist Association, his title since 2002.
www.thehumanist.org /aboutus.html   (413 words)

 British Humanist Association
Humanists believe in individual rights and freedoms ‑ but believe that individual responsibility, social cooperation and mutual respect are just as important.
Humanists believe that people can and will continue to find solutions to the world's problems ‑ so that quality of life can be improved for everyone.
Humanists believe that we have only one life ‑ it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it to the full.
www.humanism.org.uk /site/cms/contentChapterView.asp?chapter=309   (778 words)

 the humanistic orientation to learning @ the informal education homepage
As Mark Tennant notes, the concern with ‘self’ is ‘a hallmark of humanistic psychology’; (1997: 12).
Humanistic psychology’s positive view of people and their ability to control their own destiny, and the seemingly unlimited possibilities for individual development provided some hope for educators.
His passion for education that engaged with the whole person and with their experiences; for learning that combines the logical and intuitive, the intellect and feelings; found a ready audience.
www.infed.org /biblio/learning-humanistic.htm   (826 words)

 Humanist Organizations Outside the U.S.A. links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Although it doesn’t have “Humanist” in its name, it was awarded the International Humanist Award in 1986 (given by the IHEU).
Dutch organization for social care and community development, based upon humanistic principles with projects in the fields of child-care, elderly homes, support for the homeless, care for the disabled, visiting and empowering the lonely, and grief counseling.
The Humanist Society of Scotland's current efforts include secularizing the school system and the development of Humanist ceremonies, or rites of passage including weddings and funerals.
www.suite101.com /linkcategory.cfm/15225/24562   (494 words)

 Council of Australian Humanist Societies
All Humanists should be encouraged to involve themselves more actively in politics, not by forming a separate party, but rather through the existing organisations, by working from the inside of the party of their choice.
In short, a true Humanist must stand on his or her own two feet, think for him- or herself in the pursuit of truth, and have the courage to announce truth, even where it will provoke hostile responses from those who cling to threadbare but popular prejudices.
Humanist values are highly relevant today, for the big "isms" of our age seem to be defunct.
home.vicnet.net.au /~humanist/resources/cahs.html   (7534 words)

 The Humanist Way: An Introduction to Ethical Humanist Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Whether individual Humanists, or particular groups of Humanists, prefer to consider Humanism as religious (the position taken here), or as solely philosophical, Humanists generally are in agreement that human life is the outcome of an incalculably dynamic natural universe in its ongoing evolutionary progression.
The Second Humanist Manifesto of 1973, a consensus statement signed by many leading Humanists, struck a balance between those holding religious and nonreligious conceptions of Humanism by acknowledging ethical religion as consistent with the Humanist philosophy, while rejecting autocratic and dogmatic religious foundations.
Humanists believe that religion has its foundation in human needs and sympathy and that religious knowledge is not different from any other kind of human knowledge.
www.aeu.org /ericson2.html   (4788 words)

 Humanist Society of South Australia
Humanists passed resolutions condemning mistreatment of asylum seekersand religious attacks on alleged blasphemy and urging support for co-operative housing and recognition of secular chaplains.
Humanists reject all supernatural and authoritarian beliefs, and accept that we must take responsibility for our own lives, for the community and for the world in which we live.
Humanist ethics recognise that there are `shades of grey' and it is necessary to find the course of action which causes the least harm.
www.users.on.net /rmc/hsofsa.htm   (2440 words)

 Humanist Society: FAQs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Because every Humanist Celebrant is a special representative of the American Humanist Association, continuous membership in the AHA is required and involvement in local and national Humanist groups and activities is encouraged.
Since a Humanist Celebrant need not be a psychological counselor, it is appropriate for persons who are well aware of their own limitations and who are knowledgeable about their community resources to apply to the Division for a Certification.
The Humanist Celebrant is expected to be a warm person who cares about others, is empathetic, able to listen well, and capable of assisting people in their search for answers - or further questions.
www.humanist-society.org /FAQ.html   (879 words)

 Humanist weddings at Confetti.co.uk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Humanist weddings are increasing in number each year.
Humanists aim to draw positive moral values from life that are based on human experience, rather than God-given.
Because a humanist service is such a personal event, there's no reason why you can't wear whatever you want.
www.confetti.co.uk /weddings/advice_ideas/ceremony/humanist.asp   (1068 words)

 Humanist Association of Los Angeles Volunteer Home Page
This is a joint meeting of the Humanist Association of Los Angeles and of the Ethical Culture Association of Los Angeles.
Humanists believe that this is the only life of which we have certain knowledge and that we owe it to ourselves and others to make it the best life possible for ourselves and all with whom we share this fragile planet.
The availability of Humanist Counselors who are certified to legally officiate at weddings, memorials and other rites of passage, and who can write or assist in writing the type of services you specifically desire.
www.hala.org   (1058 words)

 Gregory Gadow, Humanist Celebrant - Humanist Celebrants and Ceremonies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Humanist Celebrants are similar to traditional clergy with one important exception: we are non-theists, and in our "clerical" work we do not invoke or refer to any type of religion, deity or mystical power.
Many Humanist Celebrants are authorized by organizations such as the Humanist Society while others are clergy that offer non-religious services.
Humanist ceremonies can take many different forms; they are, after all, an expression of the culture and values of the people involved.
www.humanist-celebrant.com /Celebrants.asp   (225 words)

 Free Inquiry Website of Steven Schafersman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Humanists seek to understand the universe by using science and its methods of critical inquiry--free inquiry, logical reasoning, empirical evidence, and the skeptical evaluation of conjectures and conclusions--to obtain reliable knowledge.
Humanists affirm that humans have the freedom to give meaning, value, and purpose to their lives by their own independent thought, critical inquiry, and responsible, creative activity.
Humanists stand for the building of a more humane, just, compassionate, and democratic society using a realistic ethics based upon human reason, experience, and reliable knowledge--an ethics that judges the consequences of human actions by the well-being of all life on Earth.
www.freeinquiry.com   (853 words)

 Genesis of A Humanist Manifesto - Table of Contents   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
He was an editor and signer of the original humanist manifesto, the first editor of The Humanist magazine, an organizer of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and the founder of the Fellowship of Religious Humanists.
To tell the story of the document that crystallized the principles and ideals of contemporary humanism is to tell the story of the origins of the humanist movement itself.
The Genesis of a Humanist Manifesto is therefore a chronicle of American humanism through the first half of the twentieth century, told by one of the people most responsible for its historic unfoldment.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/edwin_wilson/manifesto/index.shtml   (315 words)

 Annotated Webliography of Humanism
Humanist philosophies have arisen separately in many different cultures over many thousands of years.Today, even though most have never assigned a label to their most cherished ideas about life, knowledge, ethics, purpose, and the universe, a significant portion of society shares this non-religious approach to life.
A humanist rejects that there is any power or moral value superior to that of humanity; [this is meant to imply] the rejection of religion in favour of a belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts.
Humanistics is a full-time, six-year course with an integrated academic and practical training that draws from philosophy, ethics, psychology, pedagogy, sociology, theology and history.
www.xs4all.nl /~pderkx/humwebliography.html   (7511 words)

Humanists do not generally believe in a supreme deity or deities, demons, ghosts, angels, in a supernatural world, in heaven and hell, or in a divinely ordained ethical code for humans to follow.
Humanists have successfully developed moral and ethical systems which are independent of divine revelation from a deity.
People will willingly follow humanistic codes because they are effective; reasonable; lead to self esteem; are consistent with one's natural feelings of caring, compassion and sympathy; are accepted by others, and do not lead to condemnation or rejection.
www.religioustolerance.org /humanism.htm   (2037 words)

 Principles - Humanist Association of Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
(6) Humanists call for the continued improvement of society so that no one may be deprived of the basic necessities of life, and for institutions and conditions to provide every person with opportunities for developing their full potential.
(11) Humanists affirm that individual and social problems can only be resolved by means of human reason, intelligent effort, critical thinking joined with compassion and a spirit of empathy for all living beings.
(12) Humanists affirm that human beings are completely a part of nature, and that our survival is dependent upon a healthy planet which provides us and all other forms of life with a life-supporting environment.
hac.humanists.net /principles.html   (413 words)

 International Humanist and Ethical Union | The world union of humanist organisations
The Nigerian Humanist Movement is calling on the Nigerian government to abolish the death penalty.
Humanists in the US have launched urgent appeals to raise help for victims of the disastrous Hurricane Katrina which devastated the Gulf Coast.
Humanists and Humanist Organisations from the region are invited.
www.iheu.org   (838 words)

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