Secular Humanism

  

Belief in Deity
Not considered important. Most Humanists are atheists or agnostics.

  • Incarnations
Same as above. 

  • Origin of Universe and Life
The scientific method is most respected as the means for revealing the mysteries of the origins of the universe and life. 

  • After Death
An afterlife or spiritual existence after death is not recognized. 

  • Why Evil?
No concept of “evil.” Reasons for wrongdoing are explored through scientific methods, e.g. through study of sociology, psychology, criminology. 

  • Salvation
No concept of afterlife or spiritual liberation or salvation. Realizing ones personal potential and working for the betterment of humanity through ethical consciousness and social works are considered paramount, but from a naturalistic rather than supernatural standpoint. 

  • Undeserved Suffering
No spiritual reasons but rather a matter of human vulnerability to misfortune, illness, and victimization. 

  • Contemporary Issues
The American Humanist Association endorses elective abortion. Other contemporary views include working for equality for homosexuals, gender equality, a secular approach to divorce and remarriage, working to end poverty, promoting peace and nonviolence, and environmental protection.  

see: http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/2001/06/What-Secular-Humanists-Believe.aspx

New Survey: Non-Religious on the Rise

From Secular Humanism OnLine:

Secularity continues to grow in strength in all regions of the country, according to a new study by the Program on Public Values at Trinity College. “The decline of Catholicism in the Northeast is nothing short of stunning,” said Barry Kosmin, a principal investigator for the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS). “Thanks to immigration and natural increase among Latinos, California now has a higher proportion of Catholics than New England.”

Does mean we are coming into style?  That gravity will no longer just be a theory?

see: http://www.americanreligionsurvey-aris.org/