Secular Humanism

by: Elizabeth Meehan, Megan Tan, Isaiah CurielGomez, and Nilan Emmanuel

Secular Humanism (n):

- Secular Humanists are naturalists.

- They don't believe in God or any spiritual dimension or afterlife.

- Instead of believing that God made the world, they believe that humans and the world created God.

Biblical Passage - Contrast

The Story of Creation (Genesis 1:27)
"God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created
them; male and female he created them"

Song

Rude connects to Secular Humanism because this world view mostly talks about how mankind does not need religion and can be good by itself. In the same way the man in the song does not need his wife's father's permission to marry her and they are going to do it anyway.

Modern-Day Character

It is his own power from the wand; not God's

Harry Potter:  Does not have any mention of God in the entire series.  He also clearly relies on his own strength and believes that the personal strength of others is something that they were born with, not a gift from God.  He never credits God for any of his immense magical powers.

Comparison to a Christian World View

Comparison:

-The Christian Worldview states that God is the ground of all being and the ultimate creator, while secular humanists would claim that science and natural forces are the ground of all being, and that humans created God.

- Christian World views state that we gain our morals from our connection with God, while secular humanists believe that human morals are something within all humans, not just the ones who believe in God; everyone has the power to make a choice between right and wrong

- While Christian world views would say that the purpose of history is to keep on developing the creation alongside God, a secular humanist would say that history is simply the result of humans interacting with each other over time

- While christian world vies say that humans are created in the image and likeness of God, secular humanism portrays humans as a scientific being; a highly developed animal.

Works Cited

-Cline, Austin. "What Is Secular Humanism? Ethics of a Philosophy

Focused on Humanity and Human Needs." N.p., 2015. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.

-HAAS, W. P. "Humanism, Secular." New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. Vol. 7. Detroit: Gale,
2003. 194-198. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 27 Jan. 2015

- Weldon, Stephen. "Secular Humanism in the United States." New Dictionary of the

History of Ideas. Ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz. Vol. 3. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005.
1033-1035. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.

-History of Ideas. Ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz. Vol. 3. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005.

1033-1035. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.

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