Archive: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009
The American Humanist Association has its own philosophy, holidays, and is on a proselytizing campaign to convert others to follow its belief system......sounds a lot like a religion to me.
By Ramdas Lamb | November 26, 2009; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (14)
The American Humanist Association's appeal for us to "be good for goodness' sake" is timely and reasonable. I hope they take their own message to heart when it comes to respecting the rights of the rest of us to celebrate a religious holiday with religious language, symbols and special acts of goodness.
By Michael Otterson | November 25, 2009; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (20)
I am not too worried about the new humanist campaign against God. People see soon enough that the world of the humanists is a cold, dead world. They seek, once again, the warmth of divine Love that lies hidden in a manger.
By Thomas G. Bohlin | November 25, 2009; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (10)
If Humanist organizations are celebrating the holidays more publicly these days, it is because the holidays are not about God. In fact, the holiday season is all about human problems. None of these holiday rituals -- lights, gifts, family gatherings -- requires a belief in any sort of God. It'd be absurd to suggest that only religious people can or should celebrate at this time of year.
By Greg M. Epstein | November 25, 2009; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (15)
Believe in God, many Gods, a merciful God, a wrathful God, impersonal God, personal God, Goddess, or no God at all. The pluralism of of America guarantees you your space. Intensely personal or wear-it-on-your-sleeve, we express our faith or no faith with abandon and celebrate our choice in our homes and sometimes in public.
By Aseem Shukla | November 25, 2009; 12:16 AM ET | Comments (10)
I believe the Christian Church should engage the real debate and not these periphery issues. Is the theistic God the only possible definition of the Holy? I do not think so, but I also do not want to spend my time trying to do artificial respiration on the corpse of yesterday's religious definitions, which is what the religious response to this humanist agenda really is.
By John Shelby Spong | November 24, 2009; 4:41 PM ET | Comments (23)
As for the American Humanist Association's "Godless Holiday Campaign," this promotional effort strikes me as a bit superfluous. Do people in America really need any encouragement to believe that they can celebrate without God?
By Jim Daly | November 24, 2009; 3:21 PM ET | Comments (5)
Write someone a thank-you note for an 'old' act of kindness that made you who you are today.
By Erica Brown | November 24, 2009; 1:21 PM ET | Comments (5)
I am delighted with the American Humanist Association's campaign. It articulates a simple truth that should not even be considered controversial. OF COURSE you can be good without a belief in God.
By Daniel C. Dennett | November 24, 2009; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (41)
I wish Christian fundamentalists felt less alienated from our culture and were more on target with moral critique. I also wish humanists and atheists felt accepted enough in the public square that they didn't need to defend themselves with an ad campaign.
By Robert Parham | November 24, 2009; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (3)
What do you do at a holiday meal if some want to say grace and others do not?
By Sally Quinn | November 24, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (48)
We evangelical types have paraded enough of our own in-your-face stuff in public places, so why should we complain when the unbelievers do the same? Nor should we get too worked up when those same folks insist that morality is possible without a belief in God. Actually, the Bible itself teaches that such is the case.
By Richard Mouw | November 24, 2009; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (4)
"Be good for goodness sake" is a line in the pop Christmas song, "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." The line embeds the expletive, "For goodness sake!," which is a euphemism for the blasphemous "For God's sake!"
By Willis E. Elliott | November 23, 2009; 10:40 PM ET | Comments (27)
Humanism isn't the same as atheism. To that extent, the American Humanist Association has co-opted a word and distorted it for their own purposes. Even so-called secular humanism, a distortion by the religious right, doesn't preclude a deep desire to be a spiritual seeker.
By Deepak Chopra | November 23, 2009; 8:31 PM ET | Comments (4)
I was a member of the first media outreach committee of the American Humanist Association, and we struggled over the best kinds of ads that would both promote our worldview and would not be perceived as anti-religious.
By Herb Silverman | November 23, 2009; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (11)
Just like atheists don't want God pushed down their throats, neither do those of us who believe in God want atheism pushed down ours.
By Susan K. Smith | November 23, 2009; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (10)
The humanists are pointing out the obvious. American public holidays are about consumption, not God. Even worse, the Christian faith has internalized this message of cultural Christmas. Christians themselves often forget what Christmas is really about. The humanists really can't do any more harm to Christians about Christmas than we've already done to ourselves.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | November 23, 2009; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (17)
Actually, no God, BIG problem, because that would mean this life is all there is and and thus, without purpose or meaning and without hope for anything beyond this life.
By Cal Thomas | November 23, 2009; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (31)
If the American Humanist Association feels a specific "Godless Holiday," would offer them a place in the pantheon of religious holidays, we should let them have it. Though Congress might balk at the enabling legislation, marketing people would go for it. Good luck and God bless you!
By Margaret O'Brien Steinfels | November 23, 2009; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (5)
Something has gone very wrong with anyone who derives pleasure from the pain of others, and that something has to do with the inner man or woman. And when the inner man or woman is twisted, no deity wielding a lightning bolt or the threat of the eternal flames of hell can rescue human beings who have condemned themselves to a living hell. Right here on earth.
By Susan Jacoby | November 23, 2009; 1:18 PM ET | Comments (229)
No God, no problem is exactly right. No problem doing what you wish so long as you can stomach the consequences, or avoid them. No problem disregarding the notion that something beyond you makes demands.
By David Wolpe | November 23, 2009; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (14)