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Secular Ethics: Critical Thinking

Hey everyone, this edition is "critical thinking."

Humanism is much more than mere Atheism, it is a robust communitarian social philosophy for which the question of the existence of the supernatural is frankly irrelevant. Our moral commitments to one another would be unchanged regardless of a god's existence.

Rather than just asserting ourselves as Atheists, it is time to cultivate our own field and concentrate on what we do believe in. This will be the start of a new monthly series that we are going to turn into a book.

The American Humanist Association, for which we have been a chapter of for 40 years, has come out with some wonderful values positions for children. They are called the 10 commitments. Yet, we find that with a little tweaking, the 10 commitments are great points of discussion for adults.

Each month we will get announce a set of readings, together for a lecture on the stated topic, workshop over a series of questions, and then inevitably turn our dialogue into a book on workable Humanist Ethics for the American Humanist Association.

January: Overview of topics and methods

February: Altruism

March: Environmental Stewardship

April: Critical Thinking

May: Empathy

June: Ethical Development

July: Global Awareness

August: Human Rights

September: Peace & Social Justice

October: Responsibility

November: Service & Participation

And in December we will review what we have worked on over the course of the year.


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  • Amanda

    I'm uncertain as to what "workshop[ping] over a series of questions" entails--attendees responding to ideas presented in readings or simply discussing concepts and principles of humanism? I ask with a view toward what I might bring to the conversation and whether/how I should prepare for said discussion before attending the event.

    April 4, 2013

    • Jason F.

      We are going to go over some concepts in critical thinking and why it is important- and then giving out potential essay concepts. No one has submitted any essays yet-but the conversation has always been enjoyable.

      April 4, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      No preparation is necessary

      April 4, 2013

  • Kristen

    Once again ran into babysitting problems, maybe someday...Jason are you posting your meeting materials somewhere? I'm looking for materials that may assist in breaking down the 10 commitments into activities for children

    April 4, 2013

    • Jason F.

      also the material is not dirty-so no reason not to bring the kids.

      April 4, 2013

    • Kristen

      Kids are 2 & 4 y.o. it's their bedtime that's the problem

      April 4, 2013

  • Jason F.

    Tonight we are also going to cover logical fallacies.

    April 4, 2013

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  • Jason F.
    Humanist Celebrant, Humanist Association President, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Janice
    Board Member
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