Thursday, May 22, 2008

Humanism - Radio 4 - May 11th 2008

Listen here BBC Radio 4 (7 mins). Includes Simon Blackburn, Polly Toynbee, Casper Melville.
  • A brief history of Humanism.
  • Bishopsgate Humanist Library
    • Charles Bradlaugh
      • thrown out of Parliament
  • Simon Blackburn
    • Humanism was originally (Erasmus, Montaine) were Christians
    • Renaisance developed
    • Rousseau, Paine, David Hume (proto Darwinian)
  • Casper Melville
    • to be human is the centre
    • as many denominations of Humanism as their religious belief
    • moral and ethical sense
  • Poly Toynbee
    • Humanism is positive belief - nothing supernatural, free to make our own fate, we can make the world a better place
    • Humanism seemed irrelevant 20 years ago - now religion is a major cause of strife. Humanism shows that we humans are masters of our fate - not supernatural beings!
  • Humanist Weddings

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