If you’re not familiar with the famed scientist E.O. Wilson, there is a terrific article about him by Joe Foley, board member of the Secular Student Alliance.
If you do know about Wilson, you’ll still want to read his stance on “The New Humanism”:
To Wilson, the New Humanism is no less skeptical of religion than the old, but it is “not so much proselytizing,” he says, “as finding common ground.” He pointed out that however much the freethought movement has grown recently, the membership of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) includes 45,000 churches and 30 million people. Alone, atheists or scientists (groups with significant overlap) make up a minority that is often ignored, if even tolerated. However, if we could find partnership with evangelicals on issues like environmental conservation, the sheer numbers of the faithful could move mountains.
With the growing validation of the humanist worldview and the unique mental peace with the world that it provides, Wilson predicts religion will gradually decline. It will never disappear completely, he says, because it forms so much of our literary and artistic tradition, without which we would be very poor indeed. But slowly and surely, Wilson maintains, “We will evolve.”
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