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Secular Ethics: An overview of the 10 Commitments

  • Oct 3, 2013 · 7:00 PM

Fellow Humanists and freethinkers,

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. Whether a god exists or not, our moral commitments to one another remain the same.

Rather than just asserting ourselves as Atheists, it is time to cultivate our own field and concentrate on what we do believe in. This is why we have produced a unique monthly series on Humanist ethics. This series, being far more collaborative than just a bunch of lectures on morality, is expected to generate enough inspiring and original ethical content to become the basis for a book.

The American Humanist Association, 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 announce a set of readings, get together for a lecture on the stated topic, have a workshop on a series of related 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

December: Review of what we have worked on over the course of the year

Whether you want to provide your valuable input, or just sit back and absorb the cerebral atmosphere, we hope you can join us!

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  • Jason F.

    I apologize for getting the message out late. i received a last minute phone call from the security at Joyce Beers saying that the space would be closed Thursday and Friday for maintenance. I am sitting at T-Deli and no one is here.

    October 3, 2013

    • Jason F.

      But at least my martini is good.

      October 3, 2013

  • Jason F.

    Remember that we are meeting at the T-Deli tonight (1469 University Ave).

    October 3, 2013

  • Health

    Yes iwill attend sounds :)

    September 28, 2013

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