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The Religious Should Not Define Humanism

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image showing an abstract word cloud focused on Secular HumanismOne of my pet peeves about the Humanist movement is that some support the use of religious words or activities in Humanist settings. Using such words in the context of a nontheistic philosophy like Humanism not only causes public confusion but also dilutes our message and shows a lack of conviction of our own principles, not to mention it is a bit silly. We should define ourselves and not let the religious do it.
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Greg Epstein, Humanists Don’t Need Congregations We Need More Communities

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Greg M. Epstein serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University

The other day a friend sent me a link to an announcement that Greg Epstein, who serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, and James Croft, a Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard, are writing a book titled “The Godless Congregation”. While it didn’t surprise me coming from Greg Epstein, the title and idea behind the book made me cringe. He and Croft plan on traveling the country to write about people who form godless churches and how “we” nones need such places. This isn’t the first time I disagreed with Epstein’s equivocations and his thinking there are no other godless communities outside his bubble.
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