Due to the inclement weather on January 27th, this Introduction to Naturalism will be repeated this coming Sunday evening, Feb. 3rd. The other two sessions on Ethics-- and Meaning and Purpose will be postponed by one week to keep the same sequence.
Are you new to humanism? Or, not exactly sure what contemporary humanism represents? Do you want to explore the humanist lifestance for yourself? Or are you interested in reviewing how to explain humanism to others? If any of those apply, then this three week series surveying the basic tenets of humanism is for you.
Participants are encouraged to come to all three of the sessions, but folks are welcome to come as they are able. Each one-and-a-half hour session will begin with an overview of one salient aspect of humanism followed by group discussion. Please note that this is not an academic course, but a review of contemporary humanism as understood and practiced by a growing number of people affiliated with such organizations as the American Humanist Association and the Council for Secular Humanism.
We begin this series on Humanism by looking at the naturalist worldview which lays the foundation for modern day humanism. While non-theistic perspectives have always been present in human thinking, the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment of Western Europe ushered in a new age of human reason and ways of knowing. In this session, we will review the scientific explanations and philosophical developments that changed the focus of our attention from the supernatural to the natural.
For more information, go to our website at http://www.humanistsofmn.org/tenets-of-humanism