What readers are saying about Humanism: The Ten Most Asked Questions


Humanist blog for Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

What readers are saying about Humanism: The Ten Most Asked Questions

More than 35 readers have submitted a review about the ebook.

“This little book answers all your questions about Humanism and then some.” Ellen.

“…an informative read that should clarify what Humanists believe and dispel many misconceptions people may have.” Gary.

“One of the first things that struck me is that you can be a Humanist while you are already something else” Kathy

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The least religious metropolitan areas in the US. ranked by the percent of residents who are “very religious.”

Burlington, VT – 17%
Boulder, CO – 17%
Nashua/Manchester, NH – 22%

The national average is 40%. The 2012 survey covered 189 metropolitan areas.

Major cities included
Boston-Cambridge – 25%
San Francisco – 24%
Provo, UT – 77%

Most-religious states

Mississippi (61%), Utah, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Kentucky.

Least religious states

Vermont (22%), New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oregon, New York, Hawaii, Alaska, Connecticut.

Factors: religion is (is not) an important part of my daily life, I attend church almost every week (seldom, never).

A few Q’s and A’s

Is Humanism a religion?  No. It is a philosophy, a way of thinking.

What is an agnostic? A person whose view is that nothing can be known about the existence of a god. They say they simply do not know.

What are some common traits of Humanists? Being critical thinkers, they are skeptical about many claims. Working hard to get the truth, they require evidence and proof, and often ask,” Is this reasonable? Does this make sense?”

Some non-believers you might recognize

Harrison Ford (actor)
Bill Gates (businessman, philanthropist)
Stephen Foster (musical composer)
Sigmund Freud (Austrian neurologist)
Richard Dawkins (biologist, author)
Betty Frieden (feminine advocate)
Ira and George Gershwin (song writers)
Ulysses S. Grant (president).

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