Humanism is a broad category of active ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities—particularly rationalism.
Humanism is a component of a variety of more specific philosophical systems, and is also incorporated into some religious schools of thought.
Humanism entails a commitment to the search for truth and morality through human means in support of human interests. In focusing on the capacity for self-determination, humanism rejects transcendental justifications, such as a dependence on faith, the supernatural, or divinely revealed texts. Humanists endorse universal morality based on the commonality of human nature, suggesting that solutions to our social and cultural problems cannot be parochial.
My name is Rev. J.S. Roach . I am an Ordained Minister through Church of Spiritual Humanism.
Spiritual Humanism, is a religious and philosophical movement that embraces the religious inclinations common to most people, yet additionally requires verifiable scientifically valid evidence for religious beliefs.
The main Concept of Spiritual Humanism is the Scientific Method. It is easily applied in daily life in any situation.
What is the "Scientific Method"? The Scientific Method is the best way yet discovered for winnowing the truth from lies and delusion. The simple version looks something like this:
1. Observe some aspect of the universe. 2. Invent a theory that is consistent with what you have observed. 3. Use the theory to make predictions. 4. Test those predictions by experiments or further observations. 5. Modify the theory in the light of your results. 6. Go to step 3 and make new predictions.
Spiritual Humanism recognizes that any religion not based on the Scientific Method can never fully reveal truth to its members.
Spiritual Humanism is based on the ability of human beings to solve the problems of society using logic and science.
Founded by RA Zorger, the movement addresses the issue that as our knowledge of the workings of nature expand, human interest in religious activities continue, even when religious beliefs are in disagreement with this new information.
Central to Spiritual Humanism is the concept that most people need and enjoy religious rituals and activities and that these are an intrinsic part of what it means to be human. While the need for religion appears to be ingrained, our fundamental religious cosmology and ethics must be based on the best manner of learning the true nature of the universe, which is the scientific method.
The principles of Spiritual Humanism include:
1. Seek religious inspiration in nature.
2. Base religion on knowledge gained by the scientific method.
3. Treat people with equality.
5. Resources that belong to every one must be protected.
6. Mark the arrival of the seasons with religious rituals.
7. Make a regular practice of religious activities such as meditation.
9. Stand up for these principles and defend your beliefs.
10. Continually improve these ideas as new information becomes available.
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For surely it is utter madness to combine
A mortal thing with an eternal, and opine
That both can feel and act as one, what more detached
Can we imagine, more repugnant, more ill-matched,
Than an immortal and a mortal thing together
Trying to stay united through the fiercest weather?
Lucretius, First Century BCE
I tell you this;
no eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn
SECOND: Humanism believes that man is a part and equal with nature, and that he has emerged as a result of a continuous process.
THIRD: Holding an organic view of life, spiritual humanists believe that all living things are created equal and have an equal value in the universe.
FOURTH: Spiritual humanism recognizes that man's religious culture and civilization, as clearly depicted by anthropology and history, are the product of a gradual development due to his interaction with his natural environment and with his social heritage. The individual born into a particular culture is largely molded by that culture.
FIFTH: Spiritual humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes questionable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values. Obviously humanism does not deny the possibility of realities as yet undiscovered, but it does think that one way to determine the existence and value of any and all realities is by means of intelligent inquiry and by the assessment of their relations to human needs. Religion should consider formulating its hopes and plans in the light of the scientific spirit and method.
SIXTH: We believe that the time has passed for theism, deism, modernism, and the several varieties of "new thought", including secular humanism.
SEVENTH: Religion consists of those actions, purposes, and experiences which are humanly significant. Nothing human is alien to the religious. It includes labor, art, science, philosophy, love, friendship, recreation -- all that is in its degree expressive of intelligently satisfying human living. The distinction between the sacred and humanity can no longer be maintained.
EIGHTH: Spiritual Humanism considers the complete realization of human personality to be the main part of man's life and seeks its development and fulfillment in the here and now. This is the explanation of the humanist's social passion.
NINTH: In the place of the old attitudes involved in worship and prayer the spiritual humanist finds his religious emotions expressed in a heightened sense of personal life and in a cooperative effort to promote social well-being and of course spread love where ever he can.
TENTH: Everybody has a right to their own phylosophies and beliefs. A person's beliefs, or lack of, are equally as important to them as yours are to you.
ELEVENTH: Man will learn to face the crises of life in terms of his knowledge of their naturalness and probability. Reasonable and manly attitudes will be fostered by education and supported by custom. We assume that spiritual humanism will take the path of social and mental hygiene along with the power of love.
TWELFTH: Believing that religion must work increasingly for joy in living, spiritual humanists aim to foster the creative in man and to encourage achievements that add to the satisfactions of life.
THIRTEENTH: Spiritual humanism maintains that all associations and institutions exist for the fulfillment of human life. The intelligent evaluation, transformation, control, and direction of such associations and institutions with a view to the enhancement of human life is the purpose and program of humanism. Certainly religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities should be reconstituted as experience allows, in order to function effectively in the modern world.
FOURTEENTH: The humanists are firmly convinced that existing acquisitive and profit-motivated society has shown itself to be inadequate and that a radical change in methods, controls, and motives must be instituted. A socialized and cooperative economic order must be established to the end that the equitable distri- bution of the means of life be possible. The goal of humanism is a free and universal society in which people voluntarily and intelligently cooperate for the common good. Humanists demand a shared life in a shared world.
FIFTEENTH: Spiritual Humanism believes that love is the greatest and most import thing in life. They believe that love can heal all things and bring piece to a troubled world. Love is the greatest and most important spirituality there is.
SIXTEENTH AND LAST: We assert that humanism will:
So stand the theses of spiritual humanism. Though we consider the religious forms and ideas of our fathers no longer adequate, the quest for the good life is still the central task for mankind. Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power for its achievement. He must set intelligence and will to the task, and he must love all others that share this great universe with him.
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