Future of Humanism
From a past infused with religious belief into a future where secularism and nontheistic morality can thrive, western nations everywhere are exploring Humanist alternatives to faith. How will Humanism interact with rising religious fundamentalisms? Where might Humanism be able to introduce new ways of dealing with the moral questions of our generation? Patheos investigates the future of Humanism as a vital tradition in its Future of Religion series.
We know that broad understanding of one thing is crucial: that natural and human solutions are all we have, however much some human beings may fantasize about supernatural forces to help us.
All beliefs that influence social or political affairs should be exposed to critical reasoning, and reasons for those beliefs must be clear and understandable to all citizens.
Today, it is not so easy to expect that secularization is the wave of the future. In most of the world, most people live less secure lives, and supernatural belief systems have changed rather than declined.
The challenge of Humanism is a call to move beyond faith, beyond belief, beyond god, but never beyond the Good we can freely choose to reveal through satisfying secular (this present world) collaboration.
While just about every belief system can thank the internet for a variety of reasons, atheism has been helped by the web in three key ways.
Gradually traditional theism is being replaced either with belief in an attenuated, impersonal deity or complete rejection of the supernatural.
We have not seen the end of the growth of atheism. The secularist tide will continue to swell. This is just the beginning.
Science-based humanist reasoning may never fully supplant faith, but it is anticipated to gain the respect of all for its ability to deliver effective, real world solutions to societal problems.