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January Cleveland Meeting: “Why Secular Humanism Ought to be More Abrasive”

Date:
Wednesday, January 9
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Richmond Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
5235 Wilson Mills Road
Cleveland, US

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Organized by:
Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio

Description:

The January Cleveland Branch monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 9, at 7 pm, at the Richmond Heights Library, 5235 Wilson Mills Rd. Cleveland VP of Programming Mark Tiborsky will present, “Why Secular Humanism Ought to Be More Abrasive”. A controversial topic among non-believers is whether to be antagonistic or accommodating to religious beliefs. In his presentation, Mark will attempt to show how applied secular humanism falls short when addressing real world problems – and, he will attempt to show why secular humanists ought to fully address what they stand AGAINST in order to reinforce what they stand FOR.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, which is perhaps the most trusted source for concise definitions, defines “secular humanism” by first referring to one of its definitions for “humanism”: “Humanism, sense 3: a doctrine, attitude, or way of life centered on human interests or values; especially: a Philosophy that usually rejects super-naturalism and stresses an individual’s dignity and worth and capacity for self-realization through reason.” This seems well enough. But the entry for “secular humanism” also includes the following: “Especially: humanistic philosophy viewed as a non-theistic religion antagonistic to traditional religion.”

And therein lays one of it’s problems, along with one of it’s shortcomings. With it’s “core principles” and it’s accent on goodness, secular humanism does indeed have a “religious” appearance to some. In addition, many who adhere to the philosophy of secular humanism seem to go out of their way to AVOID being “antagonistic” towards religion, (or at least SOME religion).

As always, there will be time for discussion, questions and answers. Also as usual, light refreshments will be served. We hope to see many of you there!