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About Scott Stahlecker

I’m a freelance writer that hails from the Pacific Northwest. Before launching this blog, I was the columnist for Thinkadelics, which is also hosted here on Patheos. My books include the novel Blind Guides and Picking Wings Off Butterflies. When not writing I’m usually playing music or waiting for the next shoe to drop.

Your comments are welcomed.

Email: secularhumanist at g mail dot com

About the Stand-Up Humanist

Defining secular humanism . . . what can be said about it? One word: boring. Just read through this definition by Wikipedia and you’ll agree. It puts you to sleep.

“Secular humanism, often simply called humanism, is a philosophy or life stance that embraces human reason, secular ethics, and philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism, and superstition as the basis of morality and decision making.”

Ho hum. I mean, who ponders these lofty thoughts before starting their hectic day? The truth is many humanists do, but we just don’t express our exuberance for life in such a mundane way.

This is my primary reason for launching the Stand-Up Humanist. To express how exciting and fulfilling it is to be a humanist! But to do so with a bit of light-hearted humor and wit.

There is another reason, however, which has to do with the idea of “standing up” for your beliefs. Because, in a world where few people can tell the difference between truth and lies, it’s high time we reject “dogma, supernaturalism, and superstition,” and embrace “human reason and secular ethics” as universal values to propel humanity forward.

Now, I can’t promise you I’m going to be funny all the time. Or, that I’ve even got something profound to say. But I’m sure going to try.