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A Humanist perspective on GOD

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Humanists certainly do not believe that there can be such a thing as an all-powerful and benevolent god:

 

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?  Then he is not omnipotent.

Is he able, but not willing?   Then he is malevolent.

Is he both able and willing? Then from where does evil come?

Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

Epicurus, 3rd century BCE

 

Humanists believe that advances in the sciences have eliminated almost all the good reasons that once made people believe in gods. We understand many of the natural phenomena and processes (such as what the sun is, or how human beings came to be) which once seemed inexplicable and were attributed to a supernatural entity. In the scientific method, we have a way of discovering how the universe works which has proved itself capable of generating many useful discoveries.

 

For many humanists, the idea of gods simply doesn't strike a chord - they do not feel any need of the concept of god in their lives. They make meaning and purpose in their lives without any reference to supernatural concepts.

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