The first post in this series introduced my upcoming book, a small set of questions and answers explaining Humanism to curious non-Humanists. After years of growing and directing organizations, I believe this sort of tool is indispensable for spreading the word and getting new people involved in our community.
Below is the next section of the book draft. Please comment with your feedback!
The Issues: What does a humanist believe about….?
A woman has the right to choose. Neither society, government nor religion should have a role in the subject.
The only afterlife we humans experience is the way we affected individuals and institutions while we were alive.
A better world.
Being optimists, they have hope for a better world, but believe that this better world will come about through the efforts of humans and not through praying to a supernatural being.
The earth is five billion years old, not 10,000. Plants, animals and humans have evolved and changed over millions of years. They were not created during one week several thousand years ago.
Being inclusive, they support it.
Heaven and Hell
That there is neither heaven nor hell.
They are an accepting people. They welcome people of all races, skin colors, religions and national origins.
They believe that the laws of nature govern this world. And that “miracles” are events that really did not happen or they are events for which mankind will have an explanation in the future.
Myths are stories. While they most often are not true, they seldom do harm.
Noah’s Ark is a typical myth. It is physically impossible to place two of each insect, animal etc. in one boat. For instance, there are 124,000 species of beetles. However preposterous, this is an example of a harmless myth. (But they wonder what type of god would be so angry that he drowned almost every adult and child on earth.)
Because they lack belief in the existence of a supernatural being, they do not attempt to pray or make requests to a supernatural being.
What do most humanists believe is the “purpose of life”?
For each individual to reach his potential and to help others do the same. And when choosing a purpose of life your choice should be based on how you, as a human being, should relate to other human beings. Humanists think that almost everyone is capable of choosing purposes and goals that will help guide their life.
They do not believe that anyone is born sinful or guilty. Threfore, they do not believe anyone needs to be “saved.”
They support the current national legislation that prayer should not be part of a public school experience.
Humans are social beings. We all need friends and we need institutions through which we can develop our potential and help build a better world. Organized religion and the local church can play a leading role.
This is physically impossible. It is an example of a harmless myth.
Being inclusive, they support the efforts to achieve equality.