- A believer in the principles of humanism.
- One who is concerned with the interests and welfare of humans.
- A classical scholar.
- A student of the liberal arts.
- Humanist– A Renaissance scholar devoted to Humanism.
All very interesting definitions of the term “humanist”, but for purposes of this post, we are looking at what’s behind door number two. The other doors are fine, but two is where it’s at.
Do you see that little graphic over there at the top of the right hand column of this page? Click on it, and check out the first iteration of the Humanist Symposium, a “carnival” of blog posting from around the web dedicated to the positive aspects of atheism. And positive they are. Ebonmuse’s vision of the symposium is a breath of fresh air in what often can be a negative atmosphere of atheist criticism.
Atheists get a bum rap. Everyone knows that atheists eat kittens, have no morality, and generally exist just so that they can die. Well, if this symposium is successful, that should all change. There is a new attitude about the reality based community, as I’d prefer it to be known. Recent books by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett are opening up new avenues of thought and information. The internet is an incredible resource for connecting people of like mind. Blogging has democratized and diffused the dissemination of ideas, making it possible for everyone to share important and life affirming principles. This symposium is a wonderful start to changing the way the world looks at humanism and reality specifically, and life in general.
The idea is to continue this on a regular basis, so check back often.