"The Difference Between Agnosticism and Humanism"
Exploring the relationship between agnostics and humanists.
Agnosticism and humanism are closely related in that both embrace human rationality from a secular perspective. Agnostics differ however when it comes to taking an absolute stance on matters beyond the scope of human understanding. Agnostics are all about confronting the truth about what we do or do not know within the framework of empirical science. Humanists on the other hand concern themselves mostly with ethics, social justice, and morality. This is founded on a firm stance of religious non-belief. The following selections will help those who are interested in this subject to better understand the differences between agnosticism and humanism.
A Place for Humanist - (Essay) (Richard Barlow)
"Atheist or agnostic, a place for humanists. Two campus groups for students
who doubt or disbelieve." (www.bu.edu)
The Humanist Philosophy - (Essay) (Fred Edwords) "Humanists, in approaching life from a human perspective, start with human ways of comprehending the world and the goal of meeting human needs." (american humanist.org)
Humanism - (Definition) "A philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively." (wikipedia.org)
Definition of Humanism - (Essay) (Joseph C. Sommer) "A progressive lifestance that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity." (americanhumanist.org)
Humanists Reject The Bible - (Essay) (Joseph C Sommer) "Humanists reject the claim that the Bible is the word of God." (americanhumanist.org)
Secular Humanism - (Definition) "A philosophy or life stance that embraces human reason, ethics, social justice, and philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience, and superstition as the bases of morality and decision making." (wikipedia.org)