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Maximillian's avatar

I didn’t bother to read the entire article, but I see that it gave a simple definition. I think its the theory that humans can be ethical for the greater good of humanity without religion.

Rarebear's avatar

@Maximillian You can be a religious humanist—there is no conflict there.

Maximillian's avatar

I don’t know. I was just going on the definition the link gave me. If I’m wrong, eh. Please, I would gladly appreciate a focus.

Rarebear's avatar

@Maximillian Sorry, I didn’t see the link until you pointed it out. I actually don’t agree with it—I know many people who are religious and are humanists. Here is a link to the society of Jewish Humanism

downtide's avatar

Here’s a quote from the BHA website:

“Humanists… ...make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.”

The BHA website specifically says Atheists and Agnostics here but I think you can be a religious humanist as well, if you derive your moral code and your purpose in life as being separate from your religion.

I think part of the reason there are so many Jewish humanists is because “Jewish” is an ethnic description as well as a religious one. There are many Jews who follow Jewish traditions without being in any way religious.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

“I rule.”

A very credible theory in my holy opinion.

kritiper's avatar

I’ll take a guess:
”...a doctrine, attitude, way of life centered on human interests or values; esp.: a philosophy that usu. rejects supernaturalism and stresses an individual’s dignity and worth and capacity for self-realization through reason…” -with help from Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.

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