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Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix (HSGP) Message Board › very interesting Humanist Q and A

very interesting Humanist Q and A

Bex B
user 11085931
Chandler, AZ
Post #: 35
on humanist community project .org

part of a blog post by John Sias
Humanism: 99 Qs and As

Definitions

Is humanism a religion?

No, it is a philosophy, a movement, a way of thinking.

What is a humanist?

A humanist is a person who contends that belief in a supernatural being is not essential and not needed to be a good person and live a good life. A short definition is “being good without God.”

What is a “non-religious” or “non-believing” person?

This is a person without a belief in a God or supernatural being. Non-belief ranges from those who are sure there is no God to those who say “I just do not know.”

How does a humanist define a “good person”?

A good person has values and characteristics that are approved by almost all people. For example being honest, telling the truth, helping the less fortunate, not harming others, not stealing, not deceiving others, being fair, doing your part, acting responsibly.

What are some common notions of God?

“God is a supernatural being. He knows everything past, present and future. He is present everywhere and has limitless power to change things in the natural world. He is a personal loving god; you can talk directly to him. He knows you and cares for you.” This is the definition used in this book

What other notions are there of God?

Although the above definition is predominant in society, it is not the only definition of God. Many people do not believe “God” is a supernatural supreme being. They view God as a “force”, a “power”, a “presence” or a “process” within the natural world.

Who might be a humanist?

Among humanists are those who are call themselves atheist, agnostic, freethinker, rationalist, skeptic, cynic, secular humanist, naturalist, deist, spiritualist, non-religious, “bright” or “nothing.”



Beliefs

What do humanists believe?

Anyone can be a good person without having a belief in a supernatural being. Believing in a supernatural is irrelevant to being a good person. The efforts to make a better world rest in the hands of humans. Although we humans may wish for a better world, we can not expect assistance from a supernatural being which might not exist. Humanists respect the role of science and base their beliefs on claims supported by evidence. They believe that a person should want to be good and do good things, and that not believing in a supernatural is neither a barrier nor an excuse.

What do humanists NOT believe?

A person must believe in a supernatural being to be good. While humanists respect that most people on earth say they believe in some type of supernatural being, such a belief is not part of the humanist culture. They tend not to believe in claims and events that can not be proven. They contend that a belief in God is not required for ethical and successful living. They reject dependence on the supernatural, resurrection, reincarnation, and divine books.

What are humanist beliefs based on?

Evidence and reasonable proof. Has this (belief, concept, etc.) been good for mankind?

Can humans alone, with no god to assist them, lead responsible moral lives?

Humanists would exclaim, “Yes!” Not only are we humans capable of doing so, but we must do so, because we cannot count on assistance from a superhuman being.

Are humans capable of working out the values they want to live by?

Yes. But often with great difficulty.

If God appeared on earth, would humanists then believe he exists?

If the evidence were valid, they certainly would believe he exists.

Jennifer W.
jennifer2226
Group Organizer
Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 6
Thanks Rebecca!
Libby G.
user 12403576
Scottsdale, AZ
Post #: 1
Thank you Rebecca. It is a good idea to have the answers to these questions in your mind and ready to use when you are talking to people who have never considered these ideas, or are hostile to the nonreligious.
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