Monday February 8, 2016
Pew Research reports 98% of scientists say they believe that humans evolved over time. However only 66% of Americans perceive that scientists generally agree about evolution. Of those citizens who reject evolution, 47% believe that scientists do agree about evolution. And 46% say scientists do not agree about evolution.
Pew says, “A series of court decisions have prohibited the teaching of creationism or intelligent design in public schools.” Many states and localities have attempted to ban the teaching of evolution in public schools. But over the last few decades, the courts have consistently rejected these attempts.
Here are some non-believers you might recognize.
(There are 60 million Humanists in the US and about a billion in the world.)
Pearl Buck (author)
George Carlin (comedian)
Andrew Carnegie (philanthropist)
Winston Churchill (British leader in World War II)
George Clooney (actor)
Aaron Copeland (musical composer)
Charles Darwin (naturalist)
Albert Einstein (physicist, philosopher).
Humanist Albert Einstein wrote in 1933, “There is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of others—above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends. And also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built upon the labors of my fellows, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”
Q. How does a Humanist define a “good person?”
A. A good person has values and characteristics that are endorsed by almost all people. For example: treating others fairly, being honest, telling the truth, helping the less fortunate, not harming others, not stealing, not deceiving others, doing your part, acting responsibly.
Q. Are non-believers trying to argue that they are superior?
A. No, they seek only to be regarded as equal to believers.
To be a good person and to do good things, it’s not necessary to have a belief in a supernatural being…