Darwin and Evolution

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Do you believe in evolution? Most Americans don’t…

Pew Research reports, “Only a minority of Americans fully accept evolution through natural selection. 65% of US adults say we humans have evolved over time. But only 35% of that group believes that humans and other living things evolved solely due to natural processes.”

Pew adds, “When Darwin’s research was made public in 1859, it shocked Britain’s religious establishment. Today it is accepted by virtually all scientists. However, many Americans still reject evolutionary theory, often because it conflicts with their religious beliefs about divine creation. About 24% of US adults say evolution was guided by a supreme being. And 31% of Americans reject evolution entirely, saying that humans and other living things existed in their present form since the beginning of time.”

More about evolution next week.

What do Humanists believe about afterlife?

The only afterlife we humans might experience is the way we have affected individuals, and institutions during our lifetime. There is neither heaven nor hell.

What about salvation?

They do not believe everyone is born sinful or guilty. Therefore, they do not believe anyone needs to be “saved.”

What about praying?

Because they have doubt about the existence of a supernatural being, they do not attempt to pray or make requests to a supernatural being.

The Golden Rule. Does the Golden Rule, a basic moral law in almost every religion, require or involve a god of any kind?

No, it does not.

Here are some non-believers you might recognize.

  1. Woody Allen (actor, film director)
  2. Susan B. Anthony (feminist)
  3. Isaac Asimov (author)
  4. Ludwig Van Beethoven (composer)
  5. Irving Berlin (song writer)
  6. Leonard Bernstein (composer)
  7. Marlon Brando (actor)
  8. Johannes Brahms (composer)
  9. Warren Buffett (investor, philanthropist)

 

To be a good person and do good things, it’s not necessary to have a belief in a supernatural being…