Richard Edmonds

I'm a Minnesota native who grew up in the Pentecostal Assemblies of God church where my father was the pastor.  As with most de-converts, my Humanism evolved through many stages: true believer, feisty skeptical theist, comfortably agnostic deist, oblivious agnostic, belligerent atheist, and now a Secular Humanist.
 
In my opinion, Secular Humanism is an approach to life that can be boiled down into 3 fundamental elements: reason, compassion, and personal fulfillment:
  • Reason: Following wherever logic leads, which helps us make better decisions to reach our goals.
  • Compassion: Helping to promote positive wellbeing and life fulfillment of others.  
  • Personal Fulfillment: Responsibly living life to the fullest.

 

My wife and I want children, and in May, we will be welcoming our baby girl into this non-womblike world. To most people, the desire  to have kids requires no explanation. After all, our families, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers all seemed to assume a baby was forthcoming within 9 months of our wedding day. It’s a tradition passed down by, well, every single ancestor of mine that has ever existed. As Humanists, however, my wife and I don’t really consider “tradition” to be best reason to do anything, let alone go through the inevitable tough times that parenthood tends to bring about. So why do I think this is a good idea? Certainly, there has to be a logical explanation. As mentioned, I AM a Humanist after all.

Read more Humanist Dad to Be: Why is this a good idea again?

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"So you believe in nothing?" is a common question I get when I tell people I'm an atheist and Secular Humanist. Often these theists believe that life has no meaning without God, and they consider the purely naturalistic view of the universe to be bleak, heartless, and devoid of emotional resonance. What these people simply do not understand is that humans are fully capable of having meaningful and fulfilling lives without resorting to supernaturalism.

Read more Finding Meaning and Fulfillment

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As one Christian website put it, "moral values do not derive from human experience. Moral values come from the one who knows us best and knows what is best for us-our creator, God. If moral values derived from human experience, we would be living in a chaotic world. We'd never know what was right and what was wrong, because moral values would change as human experience changed."[1] However, we Secular Humanists understand that it is easy to be good without any gods, and often reason can lead us to be even more ethical than many theists.

Read more Reasonable Ethics

http://i.imgur.com/IOOcrqh.jpgAs opposed to religions, which are founded on unsubstantiated if not outright debunked ideas, Secular Humanism is a philosophy of life founded on skepticism, empiricism, and reason. As a result, we not only have the capacity to better understand what is likely to be true, but we can also discern what is probably false, including supernaturalism.

Read more How We Know What is True

http://static.someecards.com/someecards/usercards/MjAxMi1lZGU5YmM0NzUwM2M0Yjlm.pngMagical thinking can be defined as "believing that one event happens as a result of another without a plausible link of causation."[1] This sort of cognition has led to beliefs in gods, spirits, luck, "alternative" medicines and therapies, magic, psychic powers, astrological signs, the power of prayer, etc. While magical thinking can produce some psychological benefits, there are simply too many dangers and downsides which make it harmful to society.

Read more The Problem with Magical Thinking

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