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  Religious humanism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Religious humanism, is an integration of religious rituals with humanistic philosophy that centers on human needs, interests, and abilities.
The two basic approaches to religious humanism are from a humanist viewpoint that incorporates religious ritual, and from a revealed religious tradition with a humanist influence.
Humanism was conceived in the early 20th century, humanism rejected revealed knowledge, theism-based morality and the supernatural.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Religious_humanism   (764 words)

 Secular humanism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Secular humanism is a humanist philosophy that upholds reason, ethics, and justice and specifically rejects rituals and ceremonies as a means to affirm their life stance.
Religious groups resentful of the separation of church and state attach great significance to the granting of legal protections to non-theistic organizations as religions.
They argue that secular humanism—and by association secularism—has been granted religious status, that secularism in government and in the schools constitutes state favoritism towards a particular religion, and a double standard is used in granting religious protections to these groups while allowing the teaching of ideas such as evolution which are consistent with secularism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Secular_humanism   (3193 words)

 Theism and Religious Humanism: The Chasm Narrows
The crucial significance of religious humanism for new turns in religious thought consists in its illumination of radical freedom/autonomy as the essence of human reality and its program to construct a systematic theology/philosophy on the exclusively anthropological foundation of the functional ultimacy of humankind as the theological singular.
In fact, the religious humanist is obliged to establish that the principle is implicit in those forms of theism in which it is not explicitly acknowledged.
They are encouraged by the fact that the major critics of humanism attack a theory of absolute human freedom which religious humanism does not endorse, on the grounds of the general view of human freedom that religious humanism wishes to advance.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=1874   (4061 words)

 Murray Lecture, 3/2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Second, humanism was committed to “human inquiry” as a means of “understanding human experience.” This was meant to be a rejection of divine revelation and an affirmation of reason and scientific method.
The Manifesto was the quintessential statement of the religious humanism of that period.
Humanism is by definition truly committed to human well being, and that means we must be socially responsible and active in the work of justice.
www.cyberstreet.com /uufld/sermons/murray.htm   (11376 words)

 What Is Humanism
Renaissance Humanism is the spirit of learning that developed at the end of the middle ages with the revival of classical letters and a renewed confidence in the ability of human beings to determine for themselves truth and falsehood.
Religious Humanism is usually without a god, without a belief in the supernatural, without a belief in an afterlife, and without a belief in a "higher" source of moral values.
Humanism's rejection of the notions of sin and guilt, especially in relation to sexual ethics, puts it in harmony with contemporary sexology and sex education as well as aspects of humanistic psychology.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/fred_edwords/humanism.html   (3713 words)

 Religious Humanism
The religious humanists were convinced that religion was created by humans, not gods, who always speak the words of humans.
Hayden spoke of religion as "the mother of dreams." The task is to impose human purpose upon the cosmic process, to shape the course of the flowing stream of life with its millions of conflicting drives, so that it will converge toward the practical expression of creative idealism.
Unlike the traditional understandings of religion, even the more liberal ones, it repudiated belief in God, the belief that humans could not be moral without the concept of God to support morality, and the belief that humans were immortal in any personal sense.
www.humanistsofutah.org /1996/artapril96.htm   (683 words)

 Humanism's Political and Religious Beliefs
Humanism is an ideological, political, and religious belief that denies the existence of God.
The religious humanist believes, as the Humanist Manifesto states, that the religions of the world are outdated due to a vastly increased knowledge and experience, and are powerless to solve the problem of human living in this time.
Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as the result of a continuous process.
www.contenderministries.org /humanism.php   (832 words)

 Religious Humanism An address delivered at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2000
I am suggesting that there is a place in religious humanism for emotional expression, the expression of both joy and sorrow, for the expression of love and caring.
Eighth, the old humanism was committed to social justice and to the ideals and values of democracy, but it too often dealt with social justice issues in a paternalistic way.
The goals of religious humanism is fully and truly human beings, people who are free of the fictions and illusions that diminish the self, and who are free and independent within the context of a loving and caring community working together to transform the world.
www.thespiritualsanctuary.org /Humanism/Religioushumanism.html   (1634 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   (723 words)

 Image: Art, Faith, Mystery
Religious humanists are, by and large, men and women of letters who command no legions, and who go about their work without much taste for manifestos and movements.
The orthodoxy of the great religious humanists is something that liberals tend to ignore or evade; it doesn't tally with their notion that dogma are somehow lifeless and repressive.
The assimilative power of religious humanism enables it to balance the changing circumstances of history with what T.S. Eliot called the "permanent things." One of the most luminous explanations of this balance was written by John Henry Newman, a Victorian theologian who eventually became a cardinal in the Catholic church.
www.imagejournal.org /back/016/editorial.asp   (2089 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.
Since the Religious Movements Homepage seeks to promote religious tolerance and appreciation of the positive benefits of pluralism and religious diversity in human cultures, we encourage the use of alternative concepts that do not carry implicit negative stereotypes.
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)

 367 Liberal Religious Humanism: Toward a New Synthesis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In the philosophical, scientific, economic and social realms, all of which have informed the liberal religious tradition including religious humanism, many people today are skeptical of truth claims, sometimes producing a moral cynicism and even a kind of crankiness.
We are no longer sure that human beings are capable of genuine reason, we find that we aren't as nice as we supposed ourselves to be, we recognize that our motives are ambiguous and we glimpse that we should take our own claimed motivations with a grain of salt.
She went on to describe two basic kinds of religious humanism that she observes in UU congregations: magisterial humanism and elementary humanism.
www.uua.org:443 /ga/ga00/367.html   (960 words)

 The Humanist Way: An Introduction to Ethical Humanist Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
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.
As a result of their human origin and character, religious concepts are always variable and unfinished, requiring continuous correction and revision, if they are not to become obsolete and oppressive.
Humanity's social nature is the product of a long evolutionary development having its roots in the gregarious behavior of the species from which human beings descended.
www.aeu.org /ericson2.html   (4788 words)

 UU World: Our Humanist Legacy, by William F. Schulz
Their story is the story of religious humanism, a religious movement that emphasized human capabilities, especially the human capacity to reason; that adopted the scientific method to search for truth; and that promoted the right of all humans to develop to their full potential.
Religious humanism is willing to call a charlatan a charlatan, and while reason is by no means the only vehicle of religious exploration, we abandon it altogether only at our peril.
A few of the religious humanists had anticipated technology’s terrifying possibilities, but the general tenor of the movement, convinced as it was that salvation lay largely in molding nature to human needs, was unrestrained in its enthusiasm for technological manipulations and unprepared for the devastating consequences such manipulation could unleash.
www.uua.org /world/2003/06/feature3.html   (3914 words)

 Lo-Fi Tribe » Blog Archive » What Is Religious Humanism?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Religious Humanism recognizes and embraces this universal aspect of humanity and does not seek to do away with it, as would the majority of Secular Humanists, but challenges it to become more than it already is through the holistic use of story, myth, community, reason, science, rationality, compassion, tolerance, and, of course, love.
I think one can find a perfect religious form which to work toward in the culmination of individuals such as these, but I’m not so sure the perfection exists in their ‘perfected humanity,’ which surely must be exactly like yours and mine, as contrasted with the perfect human in Plato’s Forms.
The human condition is failure to achieve, but the promise is that the process to achieve it that we have the hope of becoming something more.
www.lofitribe.com /2005/08/10/what-is-religious-humanism   (2202 words)

 The Religious Humanism of the Mo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
By the latter third of the twentieth century, humanism, doctrinal apostasy, and carnal entertainment had been wilfully accepted by the adherents of the twentieth century church, who maintained that a mere belief in the person and divinity of Christ was all that was required to secure their means of escape from an eternal hell.
The differences between the uncompromising Christianity of these men and women, and that of their twentieth century successors, is evident in the private and personal thoughts of the heart, pursuits of the mind, social company, and life in the home.
It will serve to vindicate those who have been ridiculed and isolated because of their uncompromising stand for Christ, and who are grieved in their hearts for the immoral and pagan world in which little children are being raised in a godless and permissive society of immorality, decadence, perversion and apathy.
www.theforgottenbible.org /Introduction.htm   (4838 words)

 Can Public Schools Be Religiously Neutral?
Although Eastern religious practices and Judeo-Christian sects are without a doubt considered by most as "religious", the labeling of Humanism or Secular Humanism as a religion, and possibly the dominate religion in our public schools, needs some clarification.
Although the expression "religious humanism" is being dropped in recent Humanist publications, such thinking is not contrary to a Humanist since there is no fixed truth, but overt religious implications and terminology still exist.
By recognizing the religious neutrality fallacy and providing an even playing field for all theologies to be openly admitted and expressed in the public school sector could be another alternative.
www.leaderu.com /humanities/neutral.html   (2929 words)

 Optimistic Secular Humanism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Humanism is an ideology based on the centrality of humankind.
Signed by many of the leading atheistic scholars of that day, it was the benchmark test for so-called "religious humanism" up until 1973, and continues to embody many of the key values of this world view.
Their humanism consisted in taking an interest in the humanities-- including the study of original source writings for the Bible, the classics, and other works.
www.xenos.org /essays/humnsm.htm   (1689 words)

 ROY WOOD SELLARS: PHILOSOPHER OF RELIGIOUS HUMANISM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Originator of critical realism, emergent evolutionist anteceding Lloyd Morgan and Samuel Alexander, proponent of a double knowledge and identity theory of the brain-mind relationship, and original American writer on religious humanism and drafter of the Humanist Manifesto, Roy Wood Sellars was born in Seaforth, Ontario, in 1880.
The universe of science shows no evidence of being deiform, but it does hold human values which should be cherished by both the individual and society; and it does present the option of living from the viewpoint of the whole and the long run, and this is what constitutes religion.
Religion he found to be a function of the precariousness of the human situation, with its diverse forms as expressions of diverse types of culture.
www.harvardsquarelibrary.org /unitarians/sellars.html   (3024 words)

 Image: Art, Faith, Mystery
In a time that is overshadowed by the politicization of everyday life, where the "culture wars" pit ideologues from Left and Right against one another, there is an urgent need to restore the tradition of religious humanism.
The term "religious humanism" suggests a tension between two opposed terms—between heaven and earth.
The Center for Religious Humanism's umbrella includes a variety of programs, from the publication of Image to the annual Image Conference, the summer Glen Workshop for writers and artists, and the Milton Center for emerging Christian writers.
www.imagejournal.org /crh   (286 words)

 Religious Humanism
Religious Liberty and Religious Extremism by Bill Moyers
The Academy and the Pulpit: 1930s-Style Humanism at Columbia University by Stephen P. Weldon
Evolutionary Humanism Revisited: The Continuing Relevance of Julian Huxley by Timothy J. Madigan
www.huumanists.org /rh   (189 words)

 Intro 4b: Late Enlightenment Precursors to Religious Humanism
Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was also a political philosopher whose writings greatly influenced both the American and the French Revolutions.
He argued for the application of reason to religious questions and for a morality derived from “natural fitness” rather than tradition.
Humanism - Intro 4b: Late Enlightenment Precursors to Religious Humanism - http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/humanism/86315/2
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/humanism/86315/2   (171 words)

 Intro to Humanism Part 6A: 19th Century Precursors to Religious Humanism
Some churches began rejecting the doctrine of Hell, and there was widespread tendency to not even go to church, especially among the urban working class.
German scholarship demonstrated that the books of the Bible were fallible human constructions, and not divine revelation.
Pragmatism can be applied to morality such that right and wrong may be defined in terms of whether an act or rule is useful in promoting the well-being of humankind.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/15225/92560   (434 words)

 HUUmanists   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Formerly The Friends of Religious Humanism, an affiliate organization of the the Unitarian Universalist Association, the HUUmanists was founded by Edwin H. Wilson, Lester Mondale, and others in 1962 as the "Fellowship of Religious Humanists" to advance humanism within the Unitarian-Universalist denomination and to promote religious humanism in general.
What we offer is a chance for you to join in our search for the meaningful life without dogma and using the best tools of both mind and heart, both reason and compassion.
For more information about Religious Humanism and the HUUmanists, please contact: Roy Speckhardt
www.americanhumanist.org /hsfamily/huumanist.html   (192 words)

 The Forgotten Bible   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
“The Religious Humanism of the Modern Evangelical Church:
This manuscript began as a doctoral thesis, and is here enclosed for your consideration.
the result being so appealing to the carnal nature of humanity.
www.theforgottenbible.org   (790 words)

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