Sorry I haven’t been following this thread I stopped when Occam posted THE FIREFIGHTERS COVENANT as he gave me what I needed for the moment.
to take advantage of Humanism’s new-found popularity in 2020 to recast its teachings outside the necessity for the supernatural. In essence Christ is then seen as the founding Humanist who instructed or updated our species on the new urban living rules. As Mohammed and Buddha et al. can also be viewed
Excellent, IMO it is very possible that religion, or at least some religous sects may evolve like this.
On prayer. I see no problem whatsoever with prayer. Religion does not have the monopoly on prayer. As human beings we face so many daily challenges and obstacles and emotional barriers. We face loss of friends, family. We face death. We need to express those feelings and we need to cling to hope of a better day. Praying for comfort, for hope and change is one of the most human things we can do. We don’t pray to a God. We pray as an expression of humanity and hope
I agree whole heartedly, we do not have to pray to a “higher being” perhaps we should use the term communing with the human society and/or contemplating within ourselves, depending on what we are actually doing with ther “prayer.
I would agree that there’s a lot going on with religion and god is just the most important of those things
I agree with the first part, and disagree with the second. From my experience it is the way religions enable people to come together that is the key and the particular god they “worship” serves as the organizing symbol or myth, I think that is natural for humans to “personify,” for lack of a better term, the symbol that holds them together.
I think one of the strongest weapons we humanists have is the study of the history of religion. If we can help broader society realize that religion itself has evolved as an infulential part of the evolution of society itself we can help people realize that there is no one true religion and that religion is no more (nor less) than a tool, an
importnat tool, but still just a tool used in the creation and development of human socities. And as such should be regarded with an careful eye.
Hopefully, your website can contribute to this.