American Humanist Association (AHA)

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American Humanist Association (AHA)

The American Humanist Association advocates progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists and freethinkers in the United States. We work to promote humanism--the idea that you can be good without a god.

Website: http://www.americanhumanist.org
Location: Washington, DC
Members: 749
Latest Activity: on Monday

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Humanist Press is the publishing house of the American Humanist Association, providing material for the humanist/freethought/atheist market since 1995.

With the largest print book seller in the United States now selling more ebooks than paper books, it was time the freethought movement invested in the future of publishing so that we can remain relevant and accessible to readers in the U.S. and around the globe.

With new ebooks becoming available on a bi-monthly basis, Humanist Press will have a regularly expanding catalog of interest to atheist and agnostic humanists everywhere. Visit HumanistPress.com

 

Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

On this website you can find all sorts of information about Charles Darwin and the International Darwin Day Foundation. If you are hosting a Darwin Day event, you can post information about it on our events listing. You can also locate Darwin Day programs near you by searching our events section.

Let Humanism Ring! The American Humanist Association is pleased to announce that its 73rd Annual Conference will be held June 5-8, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Join hundreds of humanists, atheists and freethinkers in Philadelphia for a four-day celebration of humanism! The American Humanist Association will feature informative lectures, book signings, celebrity guests, networking opportunities, child care, fun activities and more!

Book your room early by calling the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel at 1-800-325-3535 (mention the American Humanist Association) or visit the AHA’s Personalized Reservation Page to get the special rate of $169 per night (subject to taxes). Rates increase after May 5, 2014 so reserve now!

More information will be announced soon!

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Comment by James Croft on June 1, 2010 at 12:50pm
Anyone attending the AHA conference this year in San Jose? Meetup?
Comment by Aaron Harmon on April 28, 2010 at 10:20am
I don't know. I like the idea that "divine" guidance be put on the same plane as "human" guidance (considering they are the same thing anyway).

@GBM Harper: You mean a "non-prophet"?

@John D: Actually "good" and "god" are not etymologically linked. "Good" comes from the meaning "to have desirable qualities" from "to be put together properly"; "god" comes from the meaning "supreme diety" from "to invoke" (although it may also be linked to "to pour").

The "good = god" idea is one I have heard often. It is similar to the "history = his-story" folk etymology I have heard from preachers.
OK, I'm done. :P
Comment by Jonathan P. Figdor on April 28, 2010 at 10:03am
Don't worry - I'm not a divine. To be honest, my clearly atheistic friend, I think we need more atheists in divinity school to put some theological pressure on our conservative religious colleagues. For three years I brought the fight to fundamentalism at Harvard. Next year, three Humanist MDivs will follow the path I blazed, making the Humanist/Atheist voice even more significant.
Comment by Aiden on April 28, 2010 at 9:22am
That would be why I prefaced my comment with "maybe I'm just arguing semantics". The word "divinity" just doesn't sit well with me.
Comment by Fred Edwords on April 28, 2010 at 8:36am
Perhaps we should look upon "divinity" in this context as just the standard name of a particular thing that no longer has to be just about studies related to gods. Another example of how words can lose their purely religious connotations might be secular nonprofit organizations that have "mission" statements.
Comment by GBM Harper on April 28, 2010 at 8:05am
Maybe it's more like a business school offering a degree on how to run a non-profit.
Comment by Aiden on April 28, 2010 at 7:47am
Maybe I'm just arguing semantics, but isn't Humanism in direct conflict with the very idea of "divinity" in its rejection of the supernatural and superstitious? It seems to me that having a Humanism track at Harvard Divinity School would be a paradoxical oxymoron, like someone being a Jewish Nazi (not to invoke Godwin's Law). That is, unless you're suggesting a broader Humanism to go beyond the secular into Religious humanism, such as Christian humanism, Jewish humanism and Buddhist humanism.
Comment by Jonathan P. Figdor on April 28, 2010 at 12:15am
Hey everyone. I just finished my thesis defense today at Harvard Divinity School and got an A on my MDiv (Master of Divinity) thesis: "The God That Fails: An Assessment of Theodicies Predicated on the God of Natural Theism." As a result, I am now qualified to graduate as the first Humanist (Atheist) MDiv to graduate from Harvard Divinity School.

If you're interested in studying Humanism at Harvard, particularly if you're interested in helping me and Greg Epstein bring Humanism to Harvard Divinity School as an official track, please visit the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard's website here: http://www.harvardhumanist.org/
Comment by Kevin Saldanha on April 6, 2010 at 7:03pm
My group, Humanist Canada on Atheist Nexus has been approved.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/humanistcanada

I have posted a short discussion article from Progressive Humanism (with a link at the bottom) to stimulate some discussion on the attitudes towards Humanism vs. Atheism.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/humanistcanada/forum/topics/human...
(It appears that you have already had the discussion that I am provoking there!)

Please join the group and consider joining our Facebook Group at
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=3916780925&ref=ts

Kevin
Comment by Susan Stanko on March 20, 2010 at 4:38pm
 

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