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Blog: Humanist Voices

Now Out: Human Rights Watch 2014 Report

Human rights watch 2014The Human rights Watch report is a useful but limited document. Its usefulness consists of raising the profile of human rights abuses around the world. But that usefulness can amount to little if the media doesn't report its findings or governments aren't compelled to act on its findings. Its limitation concerns its scope, the parameters of which are subject to debate. Too narrow a conception of human rights and the document sacrifices relevance and significance. Too wide and the concept of human rights itself becomes jeopardized by over-broadness. Nevertheless, the Human Rights Watch report of 2014 offers a vital glimpse into the state of human rights.

The complete report, covering 90 countries, can be found here.

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Is God Love?

As 1 John 4:16 proclaims, "God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." For some Christians and other theists, the idea that "God is love" encompasses their entire theology.[1] For example, adherents of the recent "I hate religion but love Jesus" movement tend to consider God to be their loving father and Jesus their best friend, while disassociating themselves from organized religion.[2] However, is God really "love?" After having read the Bible cover to cover some years back, I am perplexed that anyone could come to that conclusion. The truth is, while the Bible tends to praise God for his loving nature, his actions indicate he is nothing more than a tyrant.

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Is the Bible a Good Source of Morality?

In a 2013 study by the American Bible Society, 77 % of Americans reported that they believed morals and values are declining in the U.S., and cited a lack of Bible reading as the major culprit for the trend.[1] However, does the Bible actually endorse values that are beneficial to society? While it certainly does contain a great deal of moral wisdom, there this also a large amount of prescribed unethical behaviors as well.

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Minnesota Compass - Measuring Well-Being in Minnesota

The Humanists of Minnesota is a nonpartisan organization. Despite the near certainty that a strong majority of our members and meetup group participants skew left of center, we still have our political differences. One thing we should all agree on though is the importance of measurement and evidence-based politics. (To be sure, just because we can't or don't measure something doesn't mean it's not important.) Given the inadequacies of GDP, we need to take into account additional or alternative measures of progress. Minnesota Compass publishes statistics on various measures related to well-being. Now, what do we measure and why? Let the discussion begin.  (Challenge: Think of all the things you would like to see the state of MN measuring that are not listed on Minnesota Compass.  Adult scientific literacy?  A scorecard on church/state separation?  What would you add?)

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God Didn't Make the World, We Made God

Cima da Conegliano God the FatherTo me it has powerful intuitive appeal. In an idealistic and probably naive frame of mind I even imagine it has the potential to snap people out of the 'sleep of theism.' I'm referring to what you might call the argument from psychological projection, the idea that, absent any direct evidence for a god's existence, any descriptive statement about a god is necessarily drawn, not from something outside ourselves, but from how we think ourselves to be.

(Does the figure at right look at all similar to any biological creature with which you're familiar?)

 

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The Bible: Inspired by God?

The god of the Bible is often considered to be an all knowing entity, and virtually all Christians today believe the holy book was inspired by Yahweh in one way or another.[1][2] Given that humanity has had 2,000 years to expand our scientific, philosophical, ethical, and historical knowledge, it can be said that our collective intelligence is more god-like than our ancestors from Biblical times. Thus, we are in a much better position to determine whether or not the Bible could have been inspired by an omniscient being.

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Registration Now Open for American Humanist Association's Annual Conference

 

AHA conference logoJune 5-8, 2014, Philadelphia


Special awardees and guests:
Barney Frank: Former US congressman from MA
Natalie Angier: New York Times writer
Eugenie Scott: National Center for Science Education
Jessica Valenti: feministing.com
Sanderson Jones & Pippa Evans: The Sunday Assembly
Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar: Global Secular Humanist Movement
Mandisa Thomas: Black Nonbelievers
Rob Boston: Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
And more!

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Humanism at Work 2014: Mark Your Calendars

humanism at work 2014The Foundation Beyond Belief is holding a first of its kind event: A conference devoted to secular and humanistic "philanthropy, volunteering and community building." It is July 18-20, 2014, at the Hilton/O'Hare in Chicago. The Foundation's mission: "To demonstrate humanism at its best by supporting efforts to improve this world and this life, and to challenge humanists to embody the highest principles of humanism, including mutual care and responsibility."

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The Evolution of Christian Beliefs

 

 

 Would the earliest followers of Jesus recognize the religion of Christianity practiced by 2.2 billion people today?[1] While we cannot be certain about what the original Christians believed, many scholars argue the religion drastically changed in order to establish and retain a large non-Jewish following.

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