UU tradition for at least 200 hundred years has included both modes. Unfortunately, we've been locked in an either/or mindset for most of this time, although in reality neither mode is obviously superior. It all depends on what you're trying to express and communicate. For a long time, I've hoped that we could consciously create a place where both modes are recognized and valued. The secular rational humanists tried to eliminate symbolic language and ritual; now the spiritual mystical people of faith are trying to remove scientific fact, reason, and theory. I personally think that both attempts will ultimately fail because they don't include the whole range of real human experience. Openly acknowledging both orientations will never be easy or comfortable. Most people prefer to hang out with their own type. On the other hand, the rewards can be profound when you learn to appreciate another mode of perception in its own terms.
There are a number of people who identify themselves specifically as "Taoist" (In 1990-1991 there were 23,000 in the U.S., 1,720 in Canada, and 324 in New Zealand, for example.) There are a smaller number of people, including non-Chinese, who consciously practice a "pure" form of Taoist religion (often Tao-Te-Ching-based), unconcerned with Confucianism, Chinese folk practices, ancestor devotion, etc.
It must be the excellence of being human.
Even its oft-criticized differences lend credence to the notion that it is truly a unique, new religion, and not a part of Hinduism, Buddhism or some other faith.
Atheism, Agnosticism, the Brights, Humanism, etc.
We would like some information about UU non-theists' opinions on the use of words like the ones in the word collage above in Unitarian Universalism. Please respond to this poll if you consider yourself a UU (even if you are not "officially" a member) and if you are a non-theist of any type (atheist, agnostic, humanist, freethinker, ignostic, apatheist, etc.) Once you place your vote you will see the current vote counts.
Is Secular Humanism a religion? - Quora
In the end, therefore, religious humanism, even that most cognizant of the nature of religion, remains in some tension with the irrational heart of religion itself.
Is Humanism a Religion? - The New American
It is not reasonable to expect others to agree with non super naturalists views. If UU's want to have people they have to make everyone feel welcome. The language of Reverence is one way to do this. The language of poetry is another. To me it is like looking at my son. I know he is an animal, mammal, made of atoms and he is human etc. That is all scientifically true. But when I look at him and call him my "son" I am using the language of poetry and reverence to express my feelings about him. The same goes for my view of Nature or the Cosmos. I look and sometimes I say "God!" as a way to express the highest feeling I have available. But I do not believe in the supernatural or a personal god at all...and yet I can say "God" and it really expresses something I feel.
What Is Humanism? - American Humanist Association
All of these forms of humanism contrast with a dogmatic traditionalism, for which the Scriptural or revelatory forms of faith, ritual, and morals are authoritative and immutable.
Atheism and Humanism determine the aspirations ..
As Sunday Services chair in a predominantly humanist congregation, and an atheist myself, I work closely with the minister, music director, and worship associates to be mindful of language. We often have discussions and sometimes get complaints about song lyrics, even if they are from the 'gray book". I have written several sermons on this subject, such as "A Humanist Looks at Death" and "An Atheist Who Loves Jesus". Glad to share these if there is interest, send me your e-mail address. I am at .