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secular humanism

n.
1. An outlook or philosophy that advocates human rather than religious values.
2. Secularism.

secular humanist adj. & n.

sec′ular hu′manism


n.
any set of beliefs that promotes human values without specific allusion to religious doctrines.
[1980–85]
sec′ular hu′manist, n.
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Noun1.secular humanism - the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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He is a past board member of the American Humanist Association, founder of the Secular Coalition for America and the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, South Carolina, a professor emeritus of mathematics, and the author of a previous book, Candidate Without a Prayer; An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt.
The secular humanists that I know hold their values as dearly as any religious person, and they deserve to be able to celebrate life's great milestones in a way that reflects those values.
Lackey's aim is to disabuse readers of the idea that because many don't consider Hitler and the Nazis to be "true" Christians that they were not religiously motivated, much less Christian, and therefore anti-Christian atheists or secular humanists at best.
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David Niose is cautiously optimistic that, with the election of President Barack Obama, secular humanists will have a seat at the table when it comes to American values.
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In other words, conservatives are for traditional values and are against the secular humanists who are trying to take our country to hell in a handbasket.
If all of us atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and secular humanists came out of our musty closets, I'm sure our religious fellow citizens would allow us to breathe the same fresh air of freedom of opinion that they enjoy.
Still, he has produced a handy primer for contemporary secular humanists.
Anyone who thinks this is an exaggeration should read what leading secular humanists have been saying in recent years.