A discussion on aspects of humanism
When did humanism start
All human life must seek a reason for existence within the bounds of an uncaring physical world, and it is love coupled with empathy, democracy, and a commitment to selfless service which undergirds the faith of a humanist. Robert Buckman was the head of the association in Canada, and is now an honorary president. These Ionian Greeks were the first thinkers to assert that nature is available to be studied separately from the supernatural realm. Humanists are willing to take part in emerging scientific and technological discoveries in order to exercise their moral influence on these revolutions as they come about, especially in the interest of protecting the environment. This was the main divisive line between the Reformation and the Renaissance,  which dealt with the same basic problems, supported the same science based on reason and empirical research, but had a different set of presuppositions theistic versus naturalistic. Such discoveries rarely cohere neatly with supernatural elements of ancient mythology. Evolution happens to be the state of the art in science today and is appropriately taught in science courses. It needs to be challenged. Renaissance humanism also inspired the study of biblical sources and newer, more accurate translations of biblical texts. It contends that science together with human reasoning forms the basis of interpretation of reality and evolution into the present existing world. Why Socrates? Active in the early s, Ferdinand Canning Scott Schiller considered his work to be tied to the humanist movement.
Progress Publishers, The outlook holds that nature exists because of life, which is an ever altering system powered by matter and energy that exists freely from any mind or perception.
It is indeed true that Religious Humanists, in embracing modern science, embrace evolution in the bargain.
A tiny wedge was thus forced between reason and authority, as both of them were then understood. Accepting the notion that Renaissance humanism was simply a return to the Classics, some historians and philologists have reasoned that Classical revivals occurring anywhere in history should be called humanistic.
As Petrarch put it, 'it is better to will the good than to know the truth'. After the French Revolutionthe idea that human virtue could be created by human reason alone independently from traditional religious institutions, attributed by opponents of the Revolution to Enlightenment philosophes such as Rousseauwas violently attacked by influential religious and political conservativessuch as Edmund Burke and Joseph de Maistreas a deification or idolatry of humanity.
Individuals who cannot feel at home in traditional religion should be able to find a home in non-traditional religion.
These values are clearly espoused in the Analects of Confuciusa compilation of quotes and anecdotes attributed to Confucius by his students and philosophical school.
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