How are Humanist's views similar to other religions? How is it different?
Humanists don't believe a diety will keep us from evil and suffering.
The 19 Century American humanist Robert Ingosoll said the only happiness is now. Therefore a Humanist would choose jobs, a lifestyle, relate to other people, spend and invest money in ways that respect other people's rights, minimize suffering and increase happiness.
Humanism generally speaking is similar to other religions in that there is a source of ultimate concern (Paul Tillich) or trust: humanity.
Humanism is different from other religions is that their source of ultimate trust is natural, not supernatural.
Religion is just a system of doctrines, beliefs, practices, traditions and institutions that result from an ultimate concern. So, you don't necessarily need God to be religious, you just need an ultimate concern. If you're ultimate concern is humanity, then as you stated, there will be many resultant "religious" beliefs that result from that core ideology.
The biggest irony I've seen lately in humanists:
* there is no God(s), but we'll invent an all knowing, ought to be all seeing, should be given all the power artificial intelligence that will benevolently solve all our problems - there is no God but gosh darn it, we'll invent one
* there is no heaven but we'll have the Singularity and be able to upload minds to a digital heaven; heaven is a myth but we'll invent it
* there is no hell, but if we don't create the singularity and implement all the technologies they want with unlimited investment, global warming will turn Earth into Hell and untold billions will live in horrible misery
by pennyofheaven 7 years ago
Do you think there are common threads in the different religions?A friend of mine once said it is the similarities that make us one and the differences that make us unique. This bought to mind this question...why?...I have no idea lol.
by kafsoa 7 years ago
Do you believe that people of different religion are still similar in humanity?
by Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago
Are all religions more similar than we believe they are?Do various faiths have more things in common than they have differences? Are they just different paths to the same place?
by janesix 4 years ago
Many religious scholars have wondered about the striking similarities in religion throughout history, and across the world. Some of this can be accounted for due to simple copying, or blending of religions between cultures. I believe this is true, and obvious in some cases. I'm not debating that at...
by Tim Mitchell 14 months ago
What is the difference between a religious person and spiritual person?Where that question leads to is can a spiritual person be a Christian? In other words, does a Christian have to be religious?
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