humanism vs humanist : Common Errors in English

About humanism vs humanist

People today often use “humanist” to refer to non-religious attitudes or even to atheism; but scholars know that the term originated to describe Renaissance writers who were often Catholic, rarely atheists, and that there is such a thing as humanistic religion. Careful writers avoid using this term loosely, remembering that in historical contexts it does not usually refer to a lack of religion. Renaissance humanists emphasized human abilities and achievements, but they often praised God for them.

humanism Meaning(s)

  • (n) the doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare
  • (n) the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural
  • (n) the cultural movement of the Renaissance; based on classical studies

humanist Meaning(s)

  • (n) a classical scholar or student of the liberal arts
  • (n) an advocate of the principles of humanism; someone concerned with the interests and welfare of humans
  • (a) of or pertaining to Renaissance humanism
  • (a) of or pertaining to a philosophy asserting human dignity and man's capacity for fulfillment through reason and scientific method and often rejecting religion
  • (a) pertaining to or concerned with the humanities
  • (s) marked by humanistic values and devotion to human welfare

humanism in News

  • Reasoning your way to faith: Are all religious values, traditions equal to you?

    For all the rational value of humanism, or the rejection of religion in atheism, they feel like zero-sum enterprises. Western moderns make our way using our minds and trusting in science for what we know. Those of us raised in religion, or who have chosen to live within one, do find value in them.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Denver Post

humanist in News

  1. Russ Lemmon: Fletcher, Carroll pay price (rightfully so) for going rogue | Video, Photo gallery

    The reluctance of two members of the Vero Beach City Council to rubber-stamp a proclamation for Humanist Recognition Week was not the city's proudest moment. It'll take a long time for Mayor Craig Fletcher and Vice Mayor Tracy Carroll to live this down.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Stuart News

  2. SC Humanist group complains about graduation

    SC Humanist group complains about graduation The American Humanist Association has sent a letter of complaint to a Taylors elementary school that held graduation at the university, which is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, The Greenville News (http://grnol.co/11v73y4) reported. Attorney Monica Miller with the association says the group sent the letter after two parents of ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. Humanist group protests fifth-grade graduation at North Greenville University

    A Taylors elementary school has been sent a cease-and-desist letter after parents complained to a humanist organization that the school's graduation ceremony was held at a religious-affiliated university.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Greenville News

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