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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (July 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452889570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452889573
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
 
Please check out my blog, The Evolving Monkey, at evolving-monkey.com

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A writer, a cat lover, an idealist. I seek to understand, writing is but a tool.

A thinker, not a doer. I seek the wisdom that can better the world.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David B. Mccoy on February 14, 2011
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Most books on Humanism can bore the socks off a dead guy. Either they slip into discussions of Humanist philosophers, or pound away at how irrational it is to believe in God. I am pleases to say that Jimmy Clay avoids these pitfalls in his Discovering Secular Humanism: Answers for the Novice and the Curious. And while Clay does give a pretty clear explanation of Secular Humanism, he also causes you to take a close look at how and what you think. Even if you don't know what Secular Humanism is, or if you are religious, this book is a gem for six buck.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Megan on February 5, 2012
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I agreed with a lot of what this author had to say, and the book is covered in highlighter. It's great for Atheists and Agnostics
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albis on September 28, 2011
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Jimmy Clay manages to explain what humanism is in a very simple and entertaining way. If you are curious about what humanism is, if you are not satisfied with the religious explanations of why are we here, or simply if you are someone who is positive about humanity and what we are capable of, then do yourself a favour and get this book. The things you might discover are much more valuable than what you will pay for it.
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