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Blog: Humanist Voices

The Illusion of Free Will

"My favorite part of the Bible is when God give people free will, then kills them in a flood for not doing what He wants."Free will is an important aspect of many denominations of Christianity.[1] As C.S. Lewis explains "God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having."[2] However, the more we learn about the forces influencing our decisions, the less room there is for such freedom of will.

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Global Ethics

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We live in an age when we cannot and must not cede ethical thought and process to religion. While many religious people are good people and do good things, no religious tradition offers a moral philosophy or code by which all of humanity can live. Humanism offers a better way to do ethics that is accessible to all-using shared information and a common language.

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Building a More Inclusive and Diverse Humanist Movement

diversity MNH post 5 imageResponding to conversations with Humanists of MN members, I started a series titled “Squinting at Postmodernism.”  I will write the third in this sequence that I started a few months ago soon; this time, however, I’m responding again to an event organized by the MN Humanists on issues that, many of us would like to believe, the history of humanism has always been concerned with, namely, inclusivity and diversity.  The guest speaker on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 was Vanessa Gomez-Brake, co-president of the Bay Area Humanists Association.  Her presentation was lively, accessible, and interactive; the crowd of about 50 people responded spontaneously and eagerly.  It was a stimulating and thought-provoking occasion.

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Material Nature of Spirituality

http://informafrica.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/twin-bros.jpgIn the Christian tradition (among others), the human soul is an immaterial entity that comprises the essenceof our true selves and is capable of union with the divine.[1] Given this understanding, it is the soul which seeks to know God, and not the physical brain. However, modern science shows this belief to be false. In fact, the drive to be religious and spiritual has been demonstrated to be the result of biology, not an immeasurable and unknowable essence akin to a soul.

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National Day of Reason

ONational Day of Reasonn May 1st humanists will gather with many other secularists around the country to celebrate the National Day of Reason. Local Minnesotans will be doing the same at the state capitol. As in the past, this year’s National Day of Reason coincides with the Congressionally-mandated and federally-supported National Day of Prayer when many religious people gather to pray in and around halls of government. To counteract the latter, secularists come together to uphold this day as a Day of Reason—and ask our legislators to commit to making every day of their public service a day of reason. 

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The Psychology of Knowing God

I ohttps://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS0SOtY_0ecwNW-CtcIpfW4p7CnoV9MqWOkPQMQ_bU16NTzGQdvnce read an article on Cracked.com by a Christian who seemed to be fairly informed about atheist arguments regarding God's non-existence. However, despite this knowledge, he continued to believe in God because he claimed he could feel God's presence as though he was sitting right next to him. How could anyone feel the presence of God unless he was actually there to be felt? As usual, science has some interesting answers.

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Rally for Reproductive Rights on Good Friday

planned parenthood rallyAbsolutely! It is essential to rally for accessibility to safe abortion services, comprehensive sex education and a complete array of reproductive options as these are continually assailed here locally and across the country. As a humanist, how can one not support this cause? A rhetorical question, you think? Not really. To bridge the immense rift the abortion issue has created in society, we need better ethical arguments than the simple appeal to “rights” that has largely defined the issue.

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The Psychology of Prayer

The Bible proclaims "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer" (Matthew 21:22) and "Ask and it will be given to you.... For everyone who asks receives" (Luke 11:9-10). Adherents of the Christian faith and other religious traditions are quite convinced of the power of prayer. Whether it is a family member getting well, a home run during the baseball game, or a new job offer, many people perceive that someone out there is listening to them. However, once you review the evidence, the effects of prayer appear to be entirely psychological.

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The Psychology of Blind Faith

When someone has "blind faith," they tend to hold onto their beliefs even when there is significant evidence suggesting they are false. This is different from standard faith, which is based merely on the absence of evidence. So what drives people to be so unreasonable? Psychology has some interesting answers.

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Atheist/Humanist Wedding Celebrant Bill Introduced in Minnesota Legislature

On March 12, 2wedding rings014, atheists and humanists in Minnesota made history when Minnesota State Representative Phyllis Kahn introduced what is believed to be the first legislative bill to ever mention us. House File 2966 (HF 2966) is titled “Marriage solemnization by atheist and humanist celebrants authorized.” It allows for our celebrants to legally perform civil marriages.

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