This is my first post here, but let’s let this stand as an introduction to myself, as a secular humanist. Since the term God as a concept is broad enough, that seems a fair way to get to know me.
From a universalist - non-supernatural perspective, I suppose one could define God as some kind of universal mind or first cause. I don’t find the term God very useful, but I do recognize that when people speak of God, it could be a term that has the same meaning as some concepts shared by non-theists without using the same term. Perhaps universal love, solidarity, or holistic concepts or unity in diversity.
For example, broadly considered, are the “big bang” or “quantum physics” concepts of God with a materialist name?
These concepts that describe primary deep and vast theories of causation or systems echo throughout the history of natural and religious philosophy with various terms, some mystical, some not. I don’t take offense at it.
But at the end of the day, in this modern age, I prefer not to use the term God for natural events and systems. I prefer to describe life and natural (physical) events in more precise terms, but I can appreciate and I would even encourage other terms that might bring people to some since of transcendence with or without God.
Without moments of profound transcendence or empathy with humanity, I think we would all go crazy or risk becoming sociopaths. The natural world is indifferent to us humans, so we must, as humans, care about the human condition and the ecology we live in.
I’ll leave off with two divergent quotes from one of America’s most deeply caring literary giants that illustrates this responsibility.
“In the big ocean the big fish eat the little fish
and the ocean doesn’t care”
—James Baldwin, from Giovanni’s Room
“The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was before you came in.”
That is Tikkun, and that is my progressive humanism.
Gary the Grouch