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Creating Change Through Humanism (2015)

Tekijä: Roy Speckhardt

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"Humanism is "the radical idea that you can be good without a god." That's how Roy Speckhardt, the longtime executive director of the American Humanist Association, defines it. His new book, Creating Change Through Humanism, lays out how and why people can lead moral and ethical lives without belief in a higher power. While surveys show that more and more Americans are giving up on religion, merely abandoning traditional religious faith is just one step on a path to a better way of thinking. Speckhardt explains how to take the next steps with the empathy and activism that characterize humanism today. Humanism has inspired generations of individuals to improve themselves, their communities and their country. Creating Change Through Humanism describes how a humanist lifestance has influenced and can continue to advance acceptance, diversity and equality. Humanist ideals pervaded the U.S. from its founding, starting with the innovative idea of separating church and state to maintain a religiously-neutral government. Humanism has continued to propel our nation toward social progress by promoting basic human rights and dignity. The humanist movement, with its forward-thinking outlook and emphasis on critical thinking and self-reflection, has been at the forefront of such pressing social issues as civil rights, women's rights, LGBTQ equality, responsible scientific freedom, and the environment and population dynamics. Speckhardt interweaves personal stories, including his own, of individuals who have journeyed from organized religion to humanistic convictions. He encourages his readers to be open about their own lack of belief and to become active in social and political causes, so they can put their positive values into action and combat the anti-humanist prejudice propagated by the religious right"-- Provided by publisher… (lisätietoja)
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I wish I had a stack of these books to give out for Xmas this year...particularly to friends who insist I could not be a good person without a fear of a horrible, vengeful deity to keep me in check. I doubt they would read it, though, as it uses science, common sense and logic instead of dogma.

Speckhardt starts by defining what Humanism is (and how it is not always a synonym for a non-theist). He talks about how embrace this philosophy and combat criticism, bring up examples of famous people who have succeeded in doing so (Angelina Jolie, Salmon Rushdie, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Barney Frank, Trey and Matt Stone, Ricky Gervais, Eddie Vedder, Mark Zuckerberg and others). He speaks in reverence to those who have done so even at their own peril: the journalists of Charlie Hebdo, and various activists in theocratic countries such as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. He speaks of the growing acceptance in the US, but also warns that we have a long way to go to combat ignorance and fundamentalism (I know, those terms are redundant). Often, he compares the battle with religion with that of Gay rights; especially how uphill the battle was at first, but how constant pressure and education has brought a measure of understanding and tolerance that was absent in years past.

Speckhardt lays out the challenges currently faced and suggests what can be done by each of us to make the world a better place by reducing or removing the divisive influence of religion. I hope I live long enough to see significant strides; meanwhile I will continue to educate at every opportunity. ( )
  JeffV | Dec 31, 2015 |
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Roy Speckhardt’s Creating Change through Humanism is a great book if you’re looking for an overview of Humanism. I especially enjoyed the chapter on activism, as well as the Ten Commitments appendix. I would have liked the book to go deeper into Humanism, but perhaps that will be a future, longer volume. I recommend this book to anyone who is intellectually curious, or a skeptical thinker. ( )
  LTietz | Nov 1, 2015 |
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I have been a humanist for many years now, and have occasionally identified more or less strongly with other labels along the way, including deist, agnostic, Unitarian Universalist, and now atheist. Unfortunately, this book embodies a lot of what I don't like about my fellow humanists and the humanist organizations' rhetoric.

This book basically reads as one giant advertisement for the American Humanist Association. The structure is a bit scattered and the writing is basic - too boring in some places, too irrelevant in others, an interesting anecdote here and there, but very little fact and no data to back it up.

Most of the book is also very, very defensive - the author keeps identifying humanists as a persecuted minority, but in fact those identifying with no religion whatsoever are now the biggest representative group in American religious surveys. And humanists are far from persecuted. There are entire chapters dedicated to "coming out" as humanist and how difficult that may be, as well as how you're probably a humanist and don't even know it! The weird sales pitch vibe, not to mention the wholly improper appropriation of the term "coming out", left a bad taste in my mouth.

It's not a bad book. But it isn't a particularly good one either, and as a humanist, I'd like to be represented by something better than an overly defensive, glorified sales pitch. ( )
  Shadow123 | Sep 4, 2015 |
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I considered myself a humanist while I was still a Christian, and identified solely as a secular humanist for several years. Because I'm naturally a researcher, I learned everything I could before deciding anything, and thus this book seems a little basic to me. The history of the AHA, however, was both new and interesting. In a pithy statement: Great primer for Humanism 101.
  Watry | Aug 6, 2015 |
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I am atheist but never really considered myself a Humanist. Mostly because I didn't know much about it. This book really showed me what it all means. I am also really connected to what the author says about just being a skeptic. Really hit home. ( )
  madhatter73 | Jul 19, 2015 |
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"Humanism is "the radical idea that you can be good without a god." That's how Roy Speckhardt, the longtime executive director of the American Humanist Association, defines it. His new book, Creating Change Through Humanism, lays out how and why people can lead moral and ethical lives without belief in a higher power. While surveys show that more and more Americans are giving up on religion, merely abandoning traditional religious faith is just one step on a path to a better way of thinking. Speckhardt explains how to take the next steps with the empathy and activism that characterize humanism today. Humanism has inspired generations of individuals to improve themselves, their communities and their country. Creating Change Through Humanism describes how a humanist lifestance has influenced and can continue to advance acceptance, diversity and equality. Humanist ideals pervaded the U.S. from its founding, starting with the innovative idea of separating church and state to maintain a religiously-neutral government. Humanism has continued to propel our nation toward social progress by promoting basic human rights and dignity. The humanist movement, with its forward-thinking outlook and emphasis on critical thinking and self-reflection, has been at the forefront of such pressing social issues as civil rights, women's rights, LGBTQ equality, responsible scientific freedom, and the environment and population dynamics. Speckhardt interweaves personal stories, including his own, of individuals who have journeyed from organized religion to humanistic convictions. He encourages his readers to be open about their own lack of belief and to become active in social and political causes, so they can put their positive values into action and combat the anti-humanist prejudice propagated by the religious right"-- Provided by publisher

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