Do we prevent somebody being hurt by superstition or faith by rejecting and challenging those things? 

Is it mistaken to support organised religion in membership or donations?

If people do good because they are human, not because God prompts them then is it right to risk giving God any credit when they alone own their good?

 


  Gospel of Atheism
1 Salvation by atheism
2 What is self-esteem?
3 Why is self-esteem important?
4 How to love yourself
5 You want to be happy
6 You can be happy
7 To love yourself means loving yourself alone ultimately
Fear is the father of evil
9 Nobody makes you unhappy but you
10 Let happiness come just pave the way and trust yourself
11 Be easy to please and life will be better
12 You just need to see your worth
13 Egoism is the way to go!
14 Distracted selfishness is your salvation
15 See that you are not a sinner
16 Be your own person
17 Only God you need is you!
18 You have a will but it is not free in the religious sense
19 Proof that there is no free will and we don't really want it
20 Belief in fate is not really that bad
21 Liberation and guilt the gospel of atheism
22 Forgiveness in the popular sense is a snare!
23 Hatred in disguise the gospel of atheism overcomes it
24 The importance of evidence and why probability not possibility is what counts
25 Using reason correctly means protecting yourself correctly
26 There is no God - be your own God
27 Show the oppressive God belief the door!
28 Belief in God thrives on attacking your self-regard
29 Why it is inhuman to condone God's often cruel plan
30 Religion is fanatical superstitious and therefore harmful
31 Why prayer offends against decency
32 Why it is bad to believe in revelation
33 Miracles are a toxic belief
34 Fast inner transformation for the atheist
35 Don't expect too much
35 Affirming atheism in a positive way
37 Humanist meditation - transforming your inner self
38 Feeling that life is meaningful
39 On optimism - the atheist and mature optimism
40 Why there is danger and irresponsibility in the afterlife doctrine
41 Telling the difference between right and wrong
42 Being fair
43 On value on human life
44 Can an egoist be a martyr for others?
45 Animal rights
46 Ways of being complicit in society's evil
47 Lying and stealing
48 Gossip is a plague
49 The need for social regulation
50 Proper relationship of church and state
51 The value of education
52 The evil of marriage
53 How to have a happy love life
54 Erotica is harmless and to be enjoyed
55 The bare essentials of atheism
56 About Humanism
57 Humanism is not a religion or a faith position
58 Atheists here are the rules if you want them!
59 Being an atheist or humanist in a religious world
60 Making friends for humanist atheism
61 How we must spread the good news of atheistic humanism
62 The end goal of atheistic humanism
63 Ultimate truth - the theorems of atheistic humanism
HUMANISM IS NOT A RELIGION

If religion is the free service of superior supernatural beings or a God then Humanism is not a religion for it is a sensibly selfish and Atheistic system of philosophy and denies free will. Humanism is practical atheism, it means living as if there is no God and seeing that nobody has the right to give you orders in the name of religion, in order to put oneself and others first.
 
If religion is trying to live in harmony with the powers that you believe is in control be it God or just chance then Humanism is not a religion for we donít really care why we exist or how but just worry about how we are going to live. We do not live in harmony with our worldview but each person lives in harmony with her or his own psyche and any harmony with the world is just a side-effect. Some sects believe that God is so good that he doesnít care what we do and will still let us into Heaven and they are undoubtedly religious though this definition would say they are not.

If religion is devotion to a moral ideal then Humanism is not a religion for there is no free will so there is no morality. Our living caring lives is no more religious than a clock ticking. We know that what is harmless is not immoral but most religion bitterly opposes many harmless things. Any religion that does that has no right to be called a religion. It is a cult. A cult is a religious system that abuses its members.

If a moral ideal is what religion is then every kind of group must be a religion even a maths class!

If religion is that which tells you what to believe and do then Humanism is not a religion for it does neither. We just present the truth and say what reason says. Advise others what to do when they want to hear it but remember they are meant to ponder on it and reject it if they so wish so avoid commanding and patronising. We all do wrong so we cannot demand that others do what we think they should do for that is egotistic hypocrisy. Demanding in the name of God makes no difference because that means you are trying to impose your perception of God and his ways on them - one of hundreds of reasons why there is no value in believing in God. If you have to give advice though you don't keep it then get it across without making it seem that you consider yourself perfect and in a position to be condescending.

If religion is faith then Humanism is not a religion for it gives knowledge.

If religion is just your deepest concern then Humanism is not a religion because the concerns we have are not ours but the product of blind natural forces.

We are concerned only with unspiritual things. Spiritual means following the principles of and giving allegiance to higher beings like gods and spirits while all we Humanists care about is feeling good which is totally materialistic and earthy for it is material forces and energy that give us feelings and happiness. Spirituality is not religion though you can't have a religion without spirituality. Religion seeks help from outward occult forces while we do not so we are not religious.

If religion gives your life a meaning then Humanism is not a religion for there is no need for religion to feel your life has value and Humanism asserts that firmly.

Whatever good religion can do, we can do better for religion thrives on egoism and egotism anyway so when we are egoists we can cope without it. Religion can only work if it recognises that the only person who can make you happy is you but if you have the knowledge of how to achieve this then what do you need religion for? Nothing is the answer and religion can only get in the way for the best way to get to the goal is to go in a straight line to it. Religion is intrinsically cruel and it is arrogant for any religion to claim to be the true religion or to follow a man who is the only way to God. When you say your religion or saviour is the only way or the right way to God you are boasting that you know it all. The person who tests all things by pure reason alone and who embraces only what is reasonable can say that she or he is right.