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Humanism

By Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Senior Minister

Definition:

Humanism is a way of life based in the best of human thought and dedicated to the well-being of humanity, living things, and the planet.

Humanism can be summarized in seven points:

  1. People matter more than ideas.
  2. People have many ways of knowing, many ways of discovering and expressing what it means to be human. All ways matter.Art is universal.
  3. Science, mathematics, and scholarship are universal human ex­pressions testable and provable in all human cultures. These are universal human projects.
  4. Knowledge must be tempered with the humbleness of wisdom. While Humanism bases itself on the best of human knowledge at a given time, knowledge is contingent-the truism of today becoming the artifact of tomor­row.
  5. Evolution is the greatest story of all, combining the cosmos with the human ethos.
  6. Humanists see people as of central concern not because of our specialness as a species but because of our capacity to both heal and destroy ourselves, the planet, and all living things.
  7. Humanism is devotion to nature and life.

What are the Goals of Humanism?

  • To grow beyond cultural divisions, whether of religion, race, gender, nation, location, class, or any of the other boundaries that do damage to the human family.
  • To grow beyond patriarchy and all false forms of hierarchy.
  • To encourage human potential and the diversity of human expression, in art and in life.
  • To pursue knowledge and wisdom, wherever that pursuit leads.
  • To implement the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to strengthen the United Nations.
  • To end economic inequality.
  • To care for the planet and its biological diversity.
  • To help all of humanity move beyond …

*These goals are both individual and communal


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