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       #10 SECULAR HUMANISM      
I don’t believe in a personal God. Without faith in a divine purpose for human existence or absolute moral code, I aim to put meaning, notions of good and evil, and universal values into my life. While troubled by ignorance and injustice, I accept human imperfections. I value learning. I champion self-realization through reason, and responsible living through brotherhood. Overcoming "the anxiety of nothingness," in asserting the inherent dignity and worth of all of us, in helping us appreciate our place, I maintain a hopeful, optimistic, outlook on life.  

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a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with:  #9A   Religious Fundamentalism  to make choice #8    in the Choices We Make cards 

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch #63 posted 4/12/2020 "The Faith-Based Challenge to Corona Virus Response
Worldview Watch issue #43, posted 3/14/2015: "Celebrating Each Day: Pi, St. Patrick, Uncle John and Uncle Albert"

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Secular Humanism Human Condition Secular Spirituality


 separation of church and state Human Nature
Existentialism Secularism Secular Ethics
Religious Humanism Irreligion   Freethought
dignity rejects teleology  naturalism

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #8B   Belief in a Personal God #9B  In God's Hands: Apocalypticism #14A  Salvation & Moralistic God   
#16A Culture of Fear   #20B Authoritarian Followers  #25   Evil is Out There #33A   Servitude / Enslaved 
#36A Cynicism #36B  Conspiracies   #39B Blaming / Scapegoating  #101B Mind Narrowly Focused
#201B Positive Expectations #203A Hierarchical Rigidity    

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #10: Secular Humanism

Definitions of Humanism. (from American Humanist Association)
The Humanist Institute

Free Inquiry magazine (information on publication from

The New Humanist ("quarterly magazine of culture and science, published since the Rationalist Association")
Secular Humanism (links to many articles)
The Secular Web (a non-profit promising "a drop of reason in a pool of confusion")
Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles
National Secular Society (British group)
Council for Secular Humanism
Progressive Humanism (group promoting “a new approach to humanist philosophy”)
Freedom from Religion Foundation (protecting the constitutional principle of separation of church & state)
The Perimeter of Ignorance Scientists face a choice: invoke a deity or continue the quest for knowledge by Neil degrase Tyson (essay from Natural History website)
“Humanism and Sustainable Development” by Marc D. Davidson (in Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology  Nov 24 2021)
Why this chaplain sees her atheism as a gift (NPR story August 20 2023)
Magisteria--Entangled Histories of Science and Religion  by Nicholas Spencer (book review from The Economist March 18 2023)
Opinion: The case for a new kind of atheism  by Zeeshan Aleem (on MSNBC Aug 1 2022)
Catholicism: Losing their religion—Latin America is Becoming More Secular  (report from The Economist April 16 2022)
“Was Donald Trump America's First Atheist President?” By Ben Pryor (from Newsweek   March 8 2022)

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker (book review by William Davies in The Guardian Feb 2018)

The Opposite of Hate by Sally Kohn – A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity (more about this 2018 book from Amazon)
"In ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism’ How Democracy Is Defeating Itself" by M. Kakutani (June 19 2017 NY Times book review)
Homo Sapiens—A Brief History of Humankind  by Y. Harari (book review by Galen Strawson on The Guardian September 11 2014)
Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton  (Mar 16 2012 NY Times book review by David Brooks of this book)
The Good Book: A Humanist Bible by A.C. Grayling (book review by Marjorie Kehe in April 15 2011 CSM)
The Portable Atheist ed. by Christopher Hitchens (read excerpts of this 2007 book at Google Books)
Beyond Reductionism: Reinventing the Sacred by Stuart Kauffman (2006 essay by systems biology scientist, posted on The Edge website) 
Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby (read excerpts of 2005 book at Google Books)
The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World, by Owen J. Flanagan (more about this 2007 book)
Humanist Manifestos I & II
Progressive Humanism (website promises "a new approach to humanist philosophy")
Civic Humanism
Core Principles of Secular Humanism, by V. Gunasekara (12 fundamental principles stated and examined)
Secular Humanism -- A Survey, by Stephen Weldon
Humanist Association of Canada
British Humanist Association
Humanism and New Age Thinking (links to many articles related to this topic)
Ten Classics in Humanist Cinema by Nick Farrantello (from The Humanist July 2011)
The Human Condition, by Kenneth Collier (2007 essay from UU perspective) 
The Virtues of Asian Humanism, by Nick Gier
A Christian Critique of the book Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Humanism by Paul Kurtz
Secular Humanism (an anti-humanistic, Biblical perspective)
"There are now as many Americans who claim no religion as there are evangelicals and Catholics a survey finds" By Neil Monahan and Saeed Ahmed (April 13 2019 CNN report)
"Religion and Politics: Preach to Me" (report on USA polling research from The Economist Oct 25 2014)
"Human Body Distinguishes Between 'Hedonic' and 'Eudaimonic' Happiness on Molecular Level" by Tamara Kemsley (July 30 2013 report)
"Religion in Public Life--Reading Dawkins in a Cabin" (article re atheists' complaints about free Bibles, in The Economist June 1 2013)
"The Blessings of Atheism" by Susan Jacoby (oped piece in NY Times Jan 5 2013)
"Deepak Chopra's God 2.0" by Michael Shermer (blasting New Age quantum flapdoodle rendition of God)
"Are Spiritual Encounters All in Your Head? by Barbara Hagerty (part of five part series on NPR, May 2009) 
Evolution, Religion, Schizophrenia, and the Schizotypal Personality (90 minute lecture by Stanford's Robert Sapolsky)
Science, Psychology, and Spirituality by Khalid Sohail  (2006 article) 
The God Who Wasn't There (website for 2005 documentary film written by Brian Flemming) 
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason, by Sam Harris (read portions on Google books)
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins (book review of 2006 book) 
The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, by Christopher Hitchens (excerpts from this 2007 book)
Irreligion, by John Allen Paulos (book in which "a mathematician explains why the arguments for God just don't add up")
Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism, and Islam by Michael Onfray (read excerpts at Google Books) 
"Sunday School for Atheists," by Jennie L. St. John (article in Time December 3 2007)
Atheist Universe by David Mills (author's website for this book)
answers to "Why I am a Secular Humanist?" by several prominent people
Reason and Reverence, by William R. Murry (excerpt from book promoting humanistic religious naturalism)
quotes related to humanity
quotes related to humility
quotes about human nature

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. "
from  Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.