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This Week in Humanism 2018–09–02


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/09/02

“A clarification to the letter writer who conflated the term “atheist” with the term “humanist.”

Just as there are many forms of Christianity and Judaism (and Islam and Hinduism and a whole bunch of other world religions) Humanism has several distinct strands. While Secular Humanism does appeal to those who identify as atheist, Religious Humanism covers a wide spectrum of beliefs and practices. At base, Humanism affirms and promotes the agency and responsibility of people to affect the world as they find it in the here and now. In that, many may share the values espoused by the ACLU and the SPLC, but I can find no evidence that these organizations or the others mentioned in the letter promote hatred.

The writer claims he doesn’t know any Christians or Jews who are offended by someone claiming atheism, but the tone of his letter suggests just the opposite. He seems mightily offended by the suggestion that the public square is just that — public. Identification with any one religion — no matter how dominant — has no place in public gatherings.”


“Renowned historian and professor of African Studies, Prof. Toyin Falola, has described humanities skills as the most relevant tool in solving Africa’s problems. The Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker chair, who spoke on the topic ‘Humanism And The Future Of The Humanities’ as the third guest lecturer of the Kwara State University Humanities Lecture, pointed out that with the digital revolution, lots of jobs are already gone in developed countries. “With the close up of the third revolution, comes the fourth revolution which is the digital age, high technology or new technology in human body. A lot of jobs are already gone in developed countries. Young people have to be part of the evolution. We are to make Africa the centre of our knowledge too”, he said


The first humanist weddings took place this weekend in Northern Ireland. This follows the Belfast Court of Appeal’s ruling in June that humanist marriages must be legally recognised.

On Saturday 25th August 2018, Emma Taylor and Paul Malone were married at Queen’s University Belfast, while on Sunday 26th August 2018, Alanna McCaffrey and Ronan Johnson tied the knot in County Fermanagh.

Humanism is a non-religious approach to life which trusts scientific method, evidence and reason. According to Humanists UK, humanists reject the idea of the supernatural, and make their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals.”


“Humanism is the cardinal element of human life. Its absence turns a human into a beast and barbarian. The concept of humanism whirls around human values and the promotion of human capacities. The one who carries it forward is called a humanist. Based upon this definition of humanism — very few qualify to be called humanists within our current political spectrum. While most are just misleading the public while calling themselves humanists; activists, only human and social rights activists qualify this definition.

Unfortunately in our parts of the world, human or social rights activists are not as politicised as one would hope. The reason for this is obvious as they consider the current system extremely exploitative for the common citizens of the state.

For here, only the affluent rule. However those activists are politicised that have created their own political parties- as they aren’t willing to become a part of the existing ones. It will albeit take time for these emerging political parties to establish themselves.”


““Making the world better” with no direction or assistance from God is a faith that rests on the belief that science and reason can deliver humanity from evil. It is a faith that spawned a “humanism” that for over two hundred years has caused confusion and chaos concerning justice, wisdom, responsibility, love and hate, responsibility, the value of life…all the most important things in life…which are playthings to reason and impenetrable to science.

While the earlier humanism of the Renaissance magnified the importance of humans as humans, it acknowledged the necessary connection between human beings and their Creator. But secular humanism abolished that link and trashed what is sacred in human life. This faux humanism gave us the Humanist Manifesto of 1933 (updated in 1973 and 2003) and the Secular Humanist Declaration of 1980. Manifest in these documents are distortions of reality that have been internalized by a great many people. This should hardly surprise us, considering that secular humanism entered the field of education in the first quarter of the last century, through the public schools, acting as a wedge between past and present and putting America on a course toward a collective society — thanks to activists of the benighted left.”



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