Kurt Vonnegut spells it out
Kurt Vonnegut was named Humanist of the Year in 1992 by the American Humanist Assn. Always true to his character, a decade later Vonnegut wrote to the AHA:
“Find here my permission for you to quote any damn fool thing I’ve ever said or written, throughout all eternity, and without any further notice or compensation to me.”
“As indicated by our very name, we humanists celebrate humanity, want humanity to survive, and recognize that if humanity does survive, it will be by its own efforts. Never can we sit back and wait for miracles to save us. Miracles don’t happen. Sweat happens. Effort happens. Thought happens. And it is up to us humanists to help—to expend our sweat, our effort, and our thought. Then there will be hope for the world.”
Isaac Asimov. Humanist magazine. Sep-Oct 1989
More reader reviews of
HUMANISM: THE TEN MOST ASKED QUESTIONS
“Brought up suppressed, oppressed and sometimes treated as property, praying to GOD as a way to pay for my sins…This little book…has given me a new direction and strength…” Harvey.
“It’s comforting to know that those of us who do not believe, can feel a sense of community with other like minded people. Five stars.” Chris.
“A great way to introduce a reader to the concept of humanism and to see if the ideas “make sense” to her or him.” BF
Some religious statistics that might interest you
Christians 2.2 billion 31.4%
Muslims 1.6 billion 16.4%
Hindus 1 billion 15.0%
Buddhists 488 million 7.1%
Jews 139 million 0.2%
All others 5 million
Nonreligious 1.1 billion 16.4%
There are 19 major religions in the world.
There are 270 large religion groups.
There are 34,000 separate Christian groups.
There are 1,584 religious organizations in the US and Canada.
There are 350,000 congregations (churches, etc.) in US and Canada.
There are 530,000 priests, pastors, ministers.
MOST AND LEAST RELIGIOUS NATIONS
Most religious nations
Least religious nations
US is 56%, in the middle of the group
MAJOR RELIGIONS IN US
Other religions 4.7%
The religiously unaffiliated
The “nones” (When asked their religion, answer was “none.”)
1990 less than 10%
Nones are the fastest growing “religious” designation in the US.
33-50% of nones are atheist or agnostic.
25% of nones believe in a “higher power”
20% of nones believe in a personal God
74% of nones were brought up in a religious tradition
The number of nones increased 80% over the last 28 years.
90% of nones say they have no interest in looking for a religion that might be right for them.
660,000 Americans became a none in each of the last 10 years.
In 1980 there were twice as many evangelical Americans in their twenties than nones. In 2014, the numbers were reversed.
Some non-believers you might recognize.
Stephen Hawking (cosmologist)
Katherine Hepburn (actress)
Sam Harris (author)
Thomas Jefferson (president)
Elton John (singer and song writer
Angeline Jolie (actress)
Jerome Kern (song writer)
John Lennon (singer and song writer)
John Keats (poet)
Jack London (author)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (poet)
Bill Maher (comedian, author)
To be a good person and to do good things, it’s not necessary to have a belief in a supernatural being…