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Apemanblues's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by Apemanblues

I don't agree with all of what he said, I think what Dawkins is doing is great (and very important), but I do think he made some good points. People follow religion for emotional reasons and no matter how much science you throw at them many will still choose their emotion over their intellect.

Personally I get more than enough 'spiritual' (for want of a better word) nourishment from my amateur interest in naturalism, conservation and wildlife. I also get a lot out of my humanistic philosophical outlook. This is the sort of thing that I think the various Humanist groups should be trying to communicate to the public. Promoting care for each other and care for the earth, because we only have one life and there is no planet B.

Humanism generally plays a rather passive role, just being there for non-belivers or defending against the march of religion on public life, but groups like the British Humanist Association (for example) could do well from a publicity drive of this sort. A friendly faced public campaign, advancing the ideas of human solidarity, care for the earth and personal responsibility, purely for their own sake.

Something that unites all the people who want to actively do some good in a world where religion has hijacked 'goodness' and erroneously aligned it with 'faith'.

Mon, 30 Jul 2007 02:09:00 UTC | #56424