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This Week in Humanism 2018–08–05


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/08/05

“Editor, the Advocate:

God founded this nation to be a Christian nation. The founding fathers were mostly Christian and used the Bible for many of our country’s founding principles — Preamble, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, etc.

The kingdom of darkness from the pit of hell is using secular humanism to try to destroy our nation’s Christian roots.

Look at the secular humanist with the Supreme Court for years coming against the Bible with their rulings.”


“DURING a meeting the other day, I mentioned that when I was a student I had a summer job as a guide at Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire. When one of the group said his brother had been married there, I was somewhat disconcerted. In the far-off days when I and a university friend were living in a caravan beneath the castle walls, memorising its history, and how to pronounce the family name, this would have been deemed heresy. The idea that strangers might enjoy a shindig beneath its pink harled turrets would have given its National Trust for Scotland guardian an apoplexy.

Even though today’s wedding parties don’t actually take place inside the castle — a marquee is erected on the lawn where we used to hang our washing — it is still a remarkable relaxing of the fiercely territorial attitude that once surrounded our most stately (and high-maintenance) homes.”


“The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China proposed by President Xi Jinping seeks to build a global axis of collaboration to stimulate cross-continental cooperation amongst countries in the landmass of Eurasia and Africa. It aims to provide opportunities for inclusive and sustainable growth in the world economy as well as help develop the infrastructure and economies of countries along the BRI.

The paradox of the BRI is that whilst it offers opportunities for political and socio-economic cooperation between the participant economies, the very attempt to connect these countries will inevitably be met with the challenges of cultural diversity. For instance, whilst the promoters of the BRI emphasize sustainable development as one of its main objectives, some have raised questions on environmental and social sustainability issues centering around the BRI.”


“Weekly phone calls with my parents are rarely brief and often cover a plethora of topics.

During a recent conversation, my dad asked if I understood the connection between Biblical times as referenced in Jeremiah 8:22 and recent history. He recited the verse as follows: Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?

As we conversed, the story unfolded. Dad explained the prophet Jeremiah was deeply hurt by his people’s rejection of God.”


“Increasing numbers of Irish people are turning away from religious ritual and choosing humanist ceremonies to mark births, deaths and marriages, but what is humanism?

On the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Humanist Association of Ireland, Ellie O’Byrne finds out more.

There’s no denying that Ireland is a country that’s rapidly becoming more secular.

In Census 2016, the second-largest group after Catholic was “no religion”, with just over 10% of respondents ticking the box, a 73.6% increase on 2011.”



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