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Humanism Has A Broad Purpose

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A hand reaching out to another handOne area of Humanism that generates discussion and comment within the movement is what is the scope of our worldview. Should we try to solve all the problems we see in the world or should we focus on only a few narrow concerns? One primary purpose is opposing religion but a debate shows up when one wants to go beyond that one issue. Humanism should and does have a ‘broad purpose’ because humans solving human problems is a broad topic and religion could even be connected tangentially to those problems.
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Secular Humanism Is Providing Something Religion Never Had In The First Place

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created image The Gnat of Religious Apologetics
The Gnat of Religious Apologetics

One of the constant gnats of contention in the Humanist movement is the a struggle between people who want to have a complete, clean break from religion and those who complain about humanists mocking or ridiculing religion. In a recent blog post, PZ Myers makes some excellent points why secular humanism is not just a replacement for religion.
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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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