All Blog Posts Tagged 'humanism' (56)

Religious Conversion: Who Goes Where? And Why?

Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.”

Ambrose Bierce

It would be great to have reliable numbers on religious migration: how many people change religions each year, how many become new adherents, how many drift away, never to return?

Increasing the ranks

Different religions have different ways of increasing their ranks: birth rate (e.g., all…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 5, 2012 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

4th of July Again a Bittersweet Holiday for Lovers of Liberty

(The following was originally submitted to the July 1-4 2008 Blogswarm against Theocracy.  I have made some additions and revisions.  Since my goal is always change in the real world, I urge you to take personal action to roll back religious bigotry and superstition.  First Freedom First is a good place to start.)

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 4, 2012 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

On Religious Repression

“I object to having to attend chapel 40 times before I graduate in order to earn a degree, sir.  I don’t see where the college has the right to force me to listen to a clergyman of whatever faith even once, or to listen to a Christian hymn invoking the Christian deity even once, given that I’m an atheist who is, to be truthful, deeply offended by the practices and beliefs of organized religion…I do not need the sermons of professional moralists to tell me how I should act.  I certainly…

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Added by Alan Perlman on June 28, 2012 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Atheists and Agnostics Making a Difference In the World IV: Raji C.

"I have always enjoyed volunteer work and I do feel that it is fundamentally important to care for one another."


This is the fourth post in a new series of personal profiles of Atheists, Agnostics and Humanists who are…
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Added by Godless Poutine on June 25, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Secular Wisdom for Humanists

Introduction

If secular humanists don’t look to God, the Bible or the Quran for their wisdom, where do they get it?  From other human beings, of course.  It turns out that people have been thinking and writing for a very long time about how to live a good life.

I’ve noticed that many of the same ideas keep showing up, across geography, history and culture.

The following collection provides practical advice about how to think, behave, and regard others,…

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Added by Alan Perlman on June 15, 2012 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

Atheists and Agnostics Making a Difference in the World III: Daniel Loving and The Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda

This is the follow-up post to Bwambale Robert and The Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda. It is also the third in a series of personal profiles of Atheists, Agnostics and Humanists who are helping to make the world a better place.

I am focusing on people who are making a difference for others. They are…

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Added by Godless Poutine on June 13, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Jewish Atheist takes on sacred cow -- forgiveness

The latest eruption of forgiveness worship almost made my breakfast erupt from my stomach.  Dear Abby (Keene NH Sentinel, 3/7/12) printed DECIDE TO FORGIVE in its entirety, and to give the enemy his due, I will do the same:

Decide to forgive, for resentment is negative. Resentment diminishes and devours the self. Be the first to forgive, to smile, and take the first step And you will see the happiness bloom on the face of your human brother or sister. Be always the…

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Added by Alan Perlman on June 8, 2012 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Atheists and Agnostics Making a Difference in the World I: Bwambale Robert and The Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda

This is the first post in a new series of personal profiles of Atheists, Agnostics and Humanists who are helping to make the world a better place.

Over the next few weeks I will focus on people who are making a difference for others. They are examples of…

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Added by Godless Poutine on May 22, 2012 at 3:53pm — No Comments

An Obvious Observation

Recently, a co-worker gave me a set of religious CDs on the topic of sin and morals.  She is trying to convert me, and while that's never going to happen until she can prove there is a god, it gives me an excellent opportunity to check out the materials that Christians think are important in the discussion of religion.  After listening to these CDs, I walked away with one truly over-powering observation:

Every shred of Christian morality are essentially Humanist concepts wrapped in…

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Added by The Antic Atheist on March 13, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments

Latest from Kasese Humanist Primary School,Uganda

The school is now in its second year of operation.

The school now runs classes from Nursery - Primary Seven.

The number of students enrolled at the school has increased from 245 at the close of last year to 331 at present in First Term 2012.

The school now has a page on Facebook and wellwishers and friends of the school can visit and like the page through this link…

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Added by Bwambale Robert on March 3, 2012 at 11:29pm — 5 Comments

Pen Donation from Pen for kids UK arrives at Kasese Humanist Primary School

Kasese Humanist Primary School pupils on 21st February 2012 had smiles on their faces as they were supplied with Brand New Pens from Pen for Kids Organization based in the United Kingdom. The shipment of pens amounted to 4000 enclosed in 4 separate boxes with each containing a 1000 pens.

The pens were received by the School Project Director Mr Bwambale Robert  and the shipment had been sent by TNT World Express who delivered the shipment to Entebbe and later after clearance with the…

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Added by Bwambale Robert on February 22, 2012 at 3:51am — No Comments

Freethought Social + Meetup!

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Yesterday morning, representing the Houston Atheists, I joined roughly fifty other secular Houstonians for a freethought coffee social. The meetup was organized by the Houston Freethought Alliance, with a goal of bringing our groups together for secular fellowship.…

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Added by Emily Dietle on February 6, 2012 at 1:06pm — 1 Comment

The glory of sin!

      Timothy Keller informs us that we can get that true happiness by acknowling that we are sinners! God would then take away that guilt of sin and make us truly happy. We must never tempt Him by sinning, but we'll sin and get that absolution. When bad things happen, we can still have happiness as knowing that He loves and protects us.

        As His own  son,  [amongst His others who had children by…

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Added by mlg.lamberth on August 30, 2011 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

A Ugandan Pastor visits the school and donates school supplies

On Tuesday 31st May 2011, we hosted a local pastor at the school who was moving from school to school conveying the "good news" to students, he said that he visits schools, prisons,hospitals speaking out the news to all people.

As a Humanist School we are tolerant to people's beliefs and okayed him to speak to the children. You can follow what transpired at the meeting here…

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Added by Bwambale Robert on June 1, 2011 at 3:50am — 1 Comment

Second Term at Kasese Humanist Primary School opens on 23rd May 2011

The school is re-opening for second term on 23rd May 2011

The general public, the international community are hereby informed about this date and the parents of our children are encouraged to pay school dues in time because a lot of school running costs need to be met. Also the international community most especially friends of our school should fundraise for the school in their areas such that we have a good pool of funds to run and maintain the…

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Added by Bwambale Robert on May 18, 2011 at 9:23am — No Comments

My record as an Atheist Activist (Your opinions sought....)

I have been, in the past, accused of endlessly whining about religion generally and Christianity specifically and not doing more about it. I respond usually that my activism has included going on marches and writing to my MP.

 

Here is an example of a recent exchange between me and my MP on the reform of the house of lords which proposes an increase in the religious representation and not as I would prefer the removal of this anachronistic oddity and the advance of a secular…

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Added by Richard Healy on May 12, 2011 at 12:43pm — 2 Comments

Opening date for Second Term at Kasese Humanist Primary School

The school is re-opening on 23rd May 2011.

Some simple paintings and general renovations is going on and also some of our students from Primary 4 up to Primary 6 are having holiday coaching lessons where they are studying half day. This is being done to keep the brains of our students warmed up so as to catch up with the rest of the students in other well performing schools.

The international community is requested to donate any thing for the sustainability of the school for a…

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Added by Bwambale Robert on May 10, 2011 at 12:18am — No Comments

Skeptical Research

--It is worth noting that this is the second draft of a research paper I am writing, and not all of the information has been properly cited yet.…

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Added by Jacob Martin Arbogast on November 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

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