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Humanism Isn’t Just Humanitarianism

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Helping at the soup kitchen

It is fairly easy to make the mistake in thinking that Humanism is just a fancy name for humanitarianism. It is part of Humanism, but even people who label themselves Humanists tend to forget the non-theistic basis for the conclusions we come to that then lead to our humanitarianism. We are “good without God” because we don’t expect any reward in an afterlife. People who are theists may also do humanitarian work but the difference is Humanists don’t give any credit to an irrational belief like religion.
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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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It’s Okay To Celebrate Christmas Or Not

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A positive Humanist holiday

Being that Humanism is a non-theistic philosophy some people think that celebrating holidays like Christmas is something we either can’t or don’t want to do. That is false. Many holidays have strong links to religion but one can strip those links away and enjoy the core parts such as spending time with families. There are even some alternative celebrations if you even want to distance oneself from all the religious aspects of a holiday.
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The 10 Points of Humanism: A Definition

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Cover to the 8th Edition of The Philosophy of Humanism

How can someone find out if they may be a Humanist? That question is one that is asked frequently. I gave a simple definition on the introduction to this section but for those who wish to have a more detailed explanation of what makes up the Humanist philosophy, I offer a selection from Corliss Lamont’s book The Philosophy of Humanism. I think he sets out good points as to what Humanism is about.

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