Is Humanism responsible for Miley Cyrus twerking?

Is Humanism responsible for Miley Cyrus twerking?

SumogirlHumanism gets blamed for everything.  Take this for example: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/27/creationist-miley-cyrus-twerking-is-the-fruit-of-humanism/  In it – Ray Comfort, the creationist, claims that it is because of Humanism that Miley Cyrus sinned by twerking on national tv for the applause of men.

It is entirely possible that it is because of Humanism that we were all treated to Miley Cyrus twerking. She was raised Christian but she now embraces science (she is a fan of Lawrence Krauss and Albert Einstein – both Humanists who she quotes on twitter) and if you needed further proof that she is no longer the poster child for “correct” Christianity, she is also a gay rights proponent. And … if you believe Wikipedia, she has a tattoo of the equal sign on her finger, leading one to wonder if she might be gay and we at some point may have a coming out with her.

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Humanism and Resiliency

Humanism and Resiliency

Why our heros inspire us to be the best that we can be and why that’s a good thing.

Who is Your Hero?

I was fortunate enough to be included in the latest edition of Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism journal.  Thanks John for including me, I truly am not worthy considering the quality of the articles in the journal.  One of them was from a man named Joachim Duyndam and his essay is titled “Humanism, Resilience, and the Hermenuetics of Exemplary Figures.”

And yes, that is a mouthful.  However, working my way through it I thought he had something very important to say about what Humanism is and how we as Humanists can use it. It has to do with resiliency. Now, there is no good way to cut to the chase on this, so I am going to provide a summary of his arguments.


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