From the Author
Why did you write the book?
Discovering Secular Humanism is my attempt to answer the question, "What is secular humanism?" I grew up hearing how evil secular humanism was. How secular humanism was leading the United States to hell. Everything I heard about secular humanism was bad, but no one, no one, could explain what it was.
Turns out secular humanism is a good thing, not bad at all. Not only that, it is the great hope of our age. It is secular humanism that will lead our world to salvation. Is secular humanism just another religion?
Secular humanism is a position, not a religion. What that means is that secular humanism is a way of describing a type of philosophy. Any belief system that believes human beings can do great things, solve their problems, be ethical and moral, while not waiting for help from or believing in a god or supernatural force is a secular humanist philosophy. A secular humanist philosophy can be liberal or conservative.
The answer to this question also depends on your definition of a religion. The old fashion definition is that a religion has a core belief in some type of god or something supernatural. Secular humanism accepts neither. There is no god in secular humanism and everything is natural. How would the world change if everyone were a secular humanist?
A secular humanist world would be focused on the betterment of society and people. A secular humanist world would be focused on solutions that would produce real results now and in the future here on Earth. Why does it matter to me?
What we belief influences what we do, how we vote, what we spend our money on, how we go about trying to solve the world's problems. We waste so much time on stuff that does not matter. So much effort is spent perpetuating belief systems simply because those systems are familiar, not because they work. Secular humanism would be much more focused on results that produced solutions that work.
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From the Inside Flap
We must reinforce argument with results. ~Booker T. Washington