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This Week in Humanism 2017–10–08


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2017/10/08

Here is ‘revelation’ classically understood: Concealed information, inaccessible to unaided human intelligence, supernaturally disclosed through oracular and literary media, and occurring long ago. The recipients of revelation are all the ‘revealed religions’ with revealed holy books.

There are three problems with the classic idea of revelation, expressible in three sets of questions.

The first set of questions: Is the revealed information really so out of bounds, so beyond the borders of human cognition and fancy and resourcefulness and art and practice — that humans could not have thought of it without the whispered promptings of feather-winged angels? For instance, couldn’t unaided reason concoct rules like ‘You shall not steal’ and ‘You shall not murder’? Couldn’t routine human intelligence have stumbled upon those moral rules”


“God is punishing us. The devil made him do it. It’s all a false flag operation, an MK Ultra operation. We’ve heard lots of ridiculous explanations for the mass shooting in Las Vegas. But the halfwits at Fox and Friends want you to know that it’s really the fault of atheists and humanists.

EARHARDT: The president yesterday was consoling our nation, and it is so nice to hear our president quoting scripture. Because I think I agree with you, we need to go back to that as families, because I feel sorry for this guy, I know that’s awful to say, because he didn’t have God.

INGRAHAM: I know. It was some kind of deep vacuum, and without a moral center in our lives and, again, we’re all sinners. We all fall. Without that moral center, what do you compare your behavior to?”


“Trainees attending a secular humanist service at the Air Force’s basic training holler the mottos of their squadrons. The humanist services at Lackland Basic Military Training begin with these boisterous shoutouts, followed by discussion on ethics and morality.

“Please don’t jump down my throat,” Taylor Grin thought as he approached his training instructor with a request.

It was 2013, and Grin was a few weeks into Air Force basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. He had just learned which religious services were available to trainees — Catholic, several Protestant denominations, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist, among others.

Grin, then 26, considered himself a secular humanist, someone who pursues an ethical life without a belief in God. With no chaplain-facilitated service for trainees like him, he wanted to start one — and became a key player in a national culture war playing out within the U.S. military.”


BOLOGNA: “I encourage you to valorize this humanism of which you are the depositary to seek wise and far-sighted solutions to the complex problems of our time, seeing them as a difficulty, but also as opportunities for growth and improvement. What I say is valid for Italy as a whole and for the whole of Europe.”

This was Pope Francis’ call addressed today to the city of Bologna where he is on a pastoral visit, meeting representatives of the world of work, entrepreneurs, unions and unemployed before the Angelus. The meeting took place in Piazza Maggiore, in front of the basilica of Saint Petronious. And referring to him, the protector of the city, the pontiff suggested the path of humanism as the collaboration between “the Church, the City and the University”. “When they talk and work together,” he added, “they reinforce the precious humanism they express and the city — so to say -” breathes “, it has a horizon, and is not afraid to face the challenges that arise.”

The Pope stressed the need for dialogue and solidarity even among the social partners. He said: “We must never bend solidarity to the logic of financial profit, also because that’s how we take it from the weaker, we rob them of it, those need it so much.””


“There is a fundamental difference between scientism, or scientific worldview, which is an ideology based on unproven hypotheses and empirically-proven science. Karl Popper addressed the demarcation problem between scientific worldview and science proper (empirical and verifiable science) in his ‘theory of falsifiability’.

Take biological evolution, for instance: natural selection is a scientifically-proven fact; it can be said about speciation that it is the logical extension of natural selection; but how can we designate ‘primordial hot soup theory’ regarding the origins of life as science? There are obvious shortcomings in scientific worldview that need to be addressed.

Therefore, teaching biological evolution in public schools without teaching valid criticism on the theory of evolution and its corollary, scientism, is nothing less than brainwashing children. As the adage goes: “Teach a child a religion and you indoctrinate him, teach him many and you inoculate him.””



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