Humanism 101: Humanism: Not just popular atheism

Most people know what an Atheist is, Agnosticism is also understood to some extent (but I'm not sure); but what the heck is Humanism? Humanism is a robust, communitarian social philosophy. But where it gets confusing, is that not all Atheists are Humanists, and not all Humanists are Atheists.

Humanism is a philosophy of positive, progressive ethics that toward the supernatural says that regardless of the existence of a god-type figure, our ethical commitments to one another would remain the same.

Humanism means something, something more than your stance on the god-question. Come learn, share, or disagree with us on Sunday 20 January 2013, 6pm Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center.

Potluck as always, suggested donation ($5, but no one turned away for inability to pay).

•Suggested reading The Philosophy of Humanism (Corliss Lamont)
The Humanist Way: An Introduction to Ethical Humanist Religion (Ed Ericson)
Existentialism is a Humanism (Jean-Paul Sartre)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) 
The Humanist Manifesto (1933) 
Humanist Manifesto II (1973) 
Humanist Manifesto III: Humanism and Its Aspirations (2003) 
Why I am not a Christian (Bertrand Russell single-essay)
and The Age of Reason (Thomas Paine, parts 1 & 2).

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  • lora k.

    Really enjoyed the meeting, a pleasure meeting everyone.....came away with more food for thought.

    2 · January 22, 2013

  • Jason F.

    If you missed this one, you missed something phenomenal. The conversation was outstanding. I really enjoyed having everyone there. We have such wonderful people, and i learned a lot. I am going to post the quotes and reading list soon.
    I worked all day on it, and now it is my time off =)

    i will post things tomorrow.
    thank you all- this was one of our best, simply superb!

    January 20, 2013

    • Jason F.

      it is the obligation of capable people to bring people together to think and become better people.

      1 · January 20, 2013

    • Jason F.

      what a wonderful world it is when we can all come together and share with each other

      January 20, 2013

  • John S.

    Like

    January 20, 2013

  • Janice

    On 12/19/12 I sent you a copy of Sartre's "Existentialism Is a Humanism" which you could distribute to everyone.

    January 20, 2013

  • Jason F.

    I am writing my speech now... i have sooooo mcuh that i want to talk about that i am having difficulty narrowing it down =) but it will be amazing

    January 20, 2013

  • Jason F.

    I had put december by accident in the first post-but i was updating for our next third sunday event.

    December 19, 2012

  • Jason F.

    Though we do this every year, there is talk of another Humanist group doing a similar event later this month. If able, we encourage you to attend theirs as well in a spirit of community and support for promoting our wonderful philosophy of life.

    December 19, 2012

  • Jason F.

    Also, I have been attending and participating a series of graduate-level chats on Humanist philosophy in Washington DC at the American Humanist Association office. I am bringing a lot of good stuff into this one.

    December 19, 2012

  • Jason F.

    BTW, all but the Sartre and Ericson are free and in pdf form on the reading list.

    December 19, 2012

  • Jason F.

    Last year we tackled deeper philosophical issues, and before that we tackled the definitions and went through the manifestos. This year we are going to examine how humanism can help make the world a better place and why it is more necessary now than ever.

    December 19, 2012

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