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Humanist blog for March 21, 2016

Living life to the fullest

We humanists are much more concerned about how we live our life while we’re here on earth than what might become of us after our life on earth.


Tony, a reader, comments on the ebook, Humanism: The Ten Most Asked Questions

“I read your book and I fully understand your position as a humanist. There’s a lot in the book I can agree with 100%. Truthfully, I am a Christian, perhaps because more than anything else I was raised that way. I do see a great deal of similarities in the way we think and if we all practiced the values to which you ascribe, this would be a better world.

I now have a better understanding as what my wife believes. I’m certain that she is squarely in your camp! Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom.”

You can learn how to download and read a Kindle or Nook copy of this ebook, by checking out this Ebook note

 


78% of Americans say they believe in a Christian God and 31% interpret their Bible as the literal word of God.

According to Pew Research, one in five Americans has no religion.

A Harris poll says the number of atheists has doubled since 2007.


andy-rooneyA quote from the late Andy Rooney, author and TV personality

“I’d be more willing to accept religion, even if I didn’t believe it, if I thought it made people nicer to each other but I don’t think it does.”

 


 

Religions that sanction same-sex marriage

Presbyterian Church USA
Conservative Jewish Movement
Reform Jewish Movement
Society of Friends (Quaker)
Unitarian Universalist Assn. of churches
United Church of Christ
Evangelical Lutheran Church


Pew Research says 52% of Americans support same-sex marriage and 40% oppose it.

But back in 2001, Americans opposed it 57% to 35%.

The religiously unaffiliated have supported it since 2000.


What does a humanist believe about…?  

Abortion – A woman has the right to choose. Neither society, government nor religion should have a role in this subject.

A better world – Being optimists, humanists have hope for a better world, but believe that this better world will come about through the efforts of humans and not through praying to a supernatural being.

Gay marriage – Being inclusive, they support it.

Heaven and hell – That there is neither heaven nor hell.


Some non-believers you might recognize

Margaret Sanger – founder of Planned Parenthood
Robert Schumann – composer
George Bernard Shaw – Irish playwright
Brad Pitt – actor
Ayn Rand – author philosopher
Gloria Steinem – feminine activist
John Steinbeck – author
Robert Louis Stevenson – author


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