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Future of Humanism

Introduction

Introduction

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.

Contributors include: Ed Buckner, Michael De Dora, Taner Edis, Chris Highland, Ron Lindsay, Hemant Mehta, David Silverman, and Roy Speckhardt.

Two Steps Forward, One Back: Optimistic Atheism

Two Steps Forward, One Back: Optimistic Atheism

Ed Buckner (President, American Atheists)

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.

Humanism's Future Hinges on Secular Discourse

Humanism's Future Hinges on Secular Discourse

Michael De Dora (Executive Director, Center for Inquiry)

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.

Secularization Has Hit Its High Mark

Secularization Has Hit Its High Mark

Taner Edis (Truman State University)

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.

Beyond Sectarianism: The Future of Humanity

Beyond Sectarianism: The Future of Humanity

Chris Highland (Author, social worker)

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.

How the Internet Is Reshaping Humanism

How the Internet Is Reshaping Humanism

Hemant Mehta (Teacher, author, blogger)

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.

The Prospect for Humanism: The Hope of a Secular Society

The Prospect for Humanism: The Hope of a Secular Society

Ronald A. Lindsay (Attorney, philosopher, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry)

Gradually traditional theism is being replaced either with belief in an attenuated, impersonal deity or complete rejection of the supernatural.

The Future of (Secular) Humanism (or

The Future of (Secular) Humanism (or "So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades")

David Silverman (Vice President and National Communications Director, American Atheists)

We have not seen the end of the growth of atheism. The secularist tide will continue to swell. This is just the beginning.

The Humanist Ascendance

The Humanist Ascendance

Roy Speckhardt (Executive director of the American Humanist Association)

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.

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