5:3 Atheism & Humanism
Everyone has heard the labels Atheist or Humanist but not everyone has a clear understanding of what atheism and humanism actually are.
What is Atheism?
Atheism is simply the lack of belief in a god. That's it. 'Theism' is the belief in a god(s) and with the prefix 'a' which means 'no' you get atheism, no belief in a god(s). Atheism makes no claims, it contains no creeds, and provides no guidelines to base world views on. No wars have been fought over the lack of belief in a god and atheism is no more a religion than not collecting stamps is a hobby. An atheist is not a person who denies, hates, or rejects a god. An atheist is simply a person who does not believe in the existence of a god.
Gnosticism is the having of knowledge in reference to a god(s) and its existence. With the prefix 'a' which means 'no' you get agnosticism, no knowledge about a god(s). Agnosticism is about knowledge and atheism is about belief. All honest agnostics are also atheists because one who has no knowledge of a god has no reason to believe in a god.
If atheism is nothing more than not believing in a god then why are so many people actively outspoken about their atheism? Active atheists are not outspoken because of atheism but rather because of the problems attached to theism and dogmatic religions. Typically all actively outspoken atheists are also humanists and speak out because of their humanistic views.
What is Humanism?
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. Humanists hold that ethics are consequential, to be judged by results. This is in contrast to so-called command ethics, in which right and wrong are defined in advance and attributed to divine authority. "No god will save us, we must save ourselves." wrote Paul Kurtz in Humanist Manifesto II (1973). Humanists seek to develop and improve their ethical principles by examining the results they yield in the lives of real men and women.
Learn more at: AmericanHumanist.org
Don't Believe In God? You Are Not Alone
If you don't believe in a personal god then you certainly are not alone. Some of the most popular names in music, film, and comedy have publicly declared their lack of belief in a god's existence. Below are a small handful of the well known celebrities who openly accept their "Godlessness".
- 1:1 The Need To Discuss Christianity 1:2 Christianity Isn't Harmless 1:3 Has it Caused Good? 1:4 Christianity's Immoral Teachings
- 2:1 Why Christianity Can't Be True 2:2 God 2:3 Jesus Christ 2:4 Souls & the Supernatural 2:5 Why So Many Still Believe
- 3:1 Closer look at the Bible 3:2 False Claims 3:3 Contradictions 3:4 Bible Stories
- 4:1 History of the Faith 4:2 Creating the Bible 4:3 Changes & Lost Gospels 4:4 Inventing Christ
- 5:1 Living For This Life 5:2 What Godlessness Means 5:3 Atheism & Humanism 5:4 Stories of De-Conversion 5:5 Answers & Concerns
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