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  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 a life stance.
A Secular Humanist Declaration was an argument for and statement of belief in Democratic Secular Humanism.
The claim that secular humanism could be considered a religion for legal purposes was examined by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Peloza v.
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 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)

 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Secular Humanism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Secular humanism is that branch of philosophy that advocates the use of reason, compassion, scientific inquiry, ethics, justice and equality in addressing issues of a worldview centered upon human beings.
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.
Secular humanism has appeal to atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, objectivists, rationalists, skeptics, and materialists, as well as to some Buddhists and Confucians.
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Secular humanism is the main branch of humanism.
Secularism is not opposed to religion, but to religious law, whereby religion proposes to impose its doctrines upon all of its citizenry, dismissing full freedom of religion.
Secular humanists tend to see Christian fundamentalists as superstitious and regressive, while Christian fundamentalists tend to see secular humanism as the work of Satan to draw society away from God.
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 Secular humanism
Secular Humanism is the most prominent branch of Humanism and being that it is grounded in secular philosophy by rejecting supernaturalism, it fundamentally conflicts with religious belief.
Secularism may or may not be opposed to religion per se, but as a social movement it is especially concerned with religious law, whereby a strict doctrine is imposed upon the citizenry dismissing the concept and practice of freedom of religion.
Secular Humanists tend to see Christian fundamentalists as superstitious and regressive, while Christian fundamentalists tend to see Secular Humanists as the work of Satan as a means to direct society away from God.
www.nebulasearch.com /encyclopedia/article/Secular_humanism.html   (308 words)

 Secular Humanism - tribe.net
Secular humanists accept a world view or philosophy called naturalism, in which the physical laws of the universe are not superseded by non-material or supernatural entities such as demons, gods, or other "spiritual" beings outside the realm of the natural universe.
Secular humanists contend that issues concerning ethics, appropriate social and legal conduct, and the methodologies of science are philosophical and are not part of the domain of religion, which deals with the supernatural, mystical and transcendent.
Secular humanism, then, is a philosophy and world view which centers upon human concerns and employs rational and scientific methods to address the wide range of issues important to us all.
secularhumanism.tribe.net   (1606 words)

 What is secular humanism?
And although secular humanists and Christians develop and use science and technology, for Christians these tools are to be used in the service of man to the glory of God, whereas secular humanists view these things as instruments meant to serve human ends without reference to God.
Secular humanists may be surprised to learn that many Christians share with them an attitude of religious skepticism and are committed to the use of critical reason in education.
Contemporary expressions of secular humanism reject both the nominal Christian elements of its precursors, and essential biblical truths, such as the fact that human beings bear the image of their Creator, the God revealed in the Bible and in the earthly life and ministry of the Lord Jesus, the Christ.
www.gotquestions.org /secular-humanism.html   (1814 words)

 Secular Humanism is a Religion
Secular Humanism is a religion ("for free exercise clause purposes").
Secular Humanism is a religion "for free exercise clause purposes," and it is not a religion "for establishment clause purposes."
Secular Humanist teachers and school administrators (who are protected by the "free exercise" clause of the First Amendment as members of tax-exempt religious organizations and religious conscientious objectors) are free to propagate their views in schools, but Christians are not.
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 Secular Humanism: Right for America?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Secular Humanism is an ethical philosophy that emphasizes a world view based upon naturalism: the belief that the physical world or nature is all that exists or is real.
Secular Humanism is increasingly influential in politics, ethics and morals, as well as education.
Secular Humanists, being free from supernaturalism, recognize that the values human beings hold are rooted in their human experiences and in their culture.
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 Catholic Culture : Document Library : Secular Humanism and Catechesis
The answer seems to be that secular humanism appeals to the most educated segment of the society and to those in strategic locations for disseminating these views.
It is clear, despite the fact that the secular humanists are not in the majority in America, they are disproportionately prominent in the intellectual elite and in the prestige media--making it difficult for the person with traditional religious beliefs to espouse them in any of the public forums.
It is not surprising when secular humanism is rampant in the newspapers, on the radio, on television, in literature, and in public classrooms, that catechism classes should have been invaded as well.
www.catholicculture.org /docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=3422   (4917 words)

 Secularism, Secular Humanism
Secularism, however, as a comprehensive philosophy of life expresses an unqualified enthusiasm for the process of secularization in all spheres of life.
Secularism is fatally flawed by its reductionist view of reality, denying and excluding God and the supernatural in a myopic fixation on the immanent and the natural.
In contemporary discussion, secularism and humanism are often seen in tandem as secular humanism, an approach to life and thought, individual and society, which glorifies the creature and rejects the Creator.
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 WASH: Secular Humanism
Humanism is the contemporary expression of a long tradition of free thought.
Secular Humanists are further distinguished by a commitment to the pursuit of humanist goals outside of a religious framework.
If you are curious about Secular Humanism we invite you to attend one or more of our chapter meetings, all of which are free and open to the general public.
www.wash.org /humanism.html   (365 words)

 Secular humanism - CreationWiki
Secular Humanism is a branch of humanism that specifically seeks to separate itself from groups that believe in a deity.
Simply stated, Secular Humanism is a philosophical worldview or religion based on atheism or agnosticism.
Secular Humanism is the only religion whose views may be taught in the U.S. public school system.
www.creationwiki.net /index.php?title=Secular_humanism   (736 words)

 Secular Humanism
Secular humanism rejects the idea of life after death, dogmatically asserting that it is impossible to prove.
Secular humanism and Christianity are diametrically opposed on the moral bent of mankind.
Secular humanism assumes that everyone is basically good (with a few exceptions) and that evil comes from outside people and societies, rather than from within.
www.greatcom.org /resources/handbook_of_todays_religions/04chap03/default.htm   (9307 words)

 Secular Humanism
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
Issued in 1980 by the Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism, this declaration addresses free inquiry, separation of church and state, freedom, ethics, religious skepticism, reason, science and technology, evolution, and education.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/nontheism/secularhumanism   (573 words)

 Religious Movements Homepage: Secular Humanism
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.
Secular Humanism first became a topic in the Supreme Court in the Case of Torasco v.
This is a secular humanist organization serving the areas of Charlottesville, Richmond, Lynchburg, and surrounding counties.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/secular_humanism.html   (2697 words)

 Secular Humanism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Secular humanism is the belief that man lives in a closed universe.
Secular scientists and philosophers who reject belief in God because He cannot be known by empirical means are hypocrites, because they believe in hundreds, even thousands, of things that cannot be observed or studied directly.
Secular humanism is destructive of any social order because it destroys any basis, foundation and reason for morality among politicians, teachers and the masses.
www.reformed.com /pub/secular.htm   (7115 words)

 The Religion of Secular Humanism
Although some would deny that secular humanism is a religion, even the Supreme Court has recognized it as such.
The evil of secular humanism is particularly obvious by the fact that one of their primary purposes is the corruption of youth.
Secular humanists "worship creation, rather than the Creator." (Romans 1) their god is self.
dianedew.com /seculhum.htm   (632 words)

 Secular Humanism
A: Secular Humanism is a philosophy that holds that religion and religious thinking is of no use in meeting the challenges of life.
Humanist ethic is predicated upon two propositions which we hold to be tentatively unarguable (remember, nothing in secular humanism is totally unarguable, but we accept these two in the absence of reasonable counter arguments): First, that pleasure is preferable to pain, and second, that the human species is worthy of and capable of indefinite survival.
A: The long-term goal of humanism is a secular society, free from the shackles of religious and superstitious thinking.
afgen.com /humanism.html   (1906 words)

 -- Beliefnet.com
The affirmations of Humanism from the Council for Secular Humanism.
Secular humanists are nontheists; they may be atheists, agnostics, or skeptics about the God question and/or immortality of the soul.
Paul Kurtz, founder of the Council for Secular Humanism, is editor-in-chief of Free Inquiry and professor emeritus of philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
www.beliefnet.com /story/114/story_11459_1.html   (414 words)

 Optimistic Secular Humanism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Humanism is an ideology based on the centrality of humankind.
Secular humanism, on the other hand, implies a focus on man apart from God, whether or not God exists.
Since the secular humanist is attempting to establish a science/religion dichotomy, the worst thing a theist can do is to become inappropriately emotional during a discussion.
www.xenos.org /essays/humnsm.htm   (1689 words)

Secular Humanism a non-theistically based philosophy which promotes humanity as the measure of all things.
Humans created the Gods and Goddesses in their own image.
They tend to be at the liberal end of the spectrum on such controversial topics as abortion access; equal rights for gays, lesbians and bisexuals; same-sex marriage, physician assisted suicide, separation of church and state, etc.
www.religioustolerance.org /humanism.htm   (159 words)

 Council for Secular Humanism
Secular Humanism is a way of thinking and living that aims to bring out the best in people so that all people can have the best in life.
Secular humanism emphasizes reason and scientific inquiry, individual freedom and responsibility, human values and compassion, and the need for tolerance and cooperation.
The Council for Secular Humanism supports local groups (both off-campus and on-campus) that provide a forum for ideas and a base for activities.
www.secularhumanism.org   (522 words)

 Secular Humanism Encyclopedia Article @ AlienArtifacts.com (Alien Artifacts)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The filing is on behalf of the Council for Secular Humanism and CFI itself.
D.C. The U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the Tax Court's ruling, defined the Society as a religious organization, and granted its tax exemption.
Court rulings haven't been about beliefs — Court rulings on particular non-theistic groups being religious have never ruled that the ideas of these groups were religious per se.
www.alienartifacts.com /encyclopedia/Secular_humanism   (2269 words)

 Secular Humanism
Humans, uniquely among animals, are not slaves to biology; reason sets us free.
Secular humanism puts its faith in man, not God.
Part of the secular humanist philosophy is that in its long history religion has done more harm than good.
www.secularhumanism.info   (217 words)

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