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Creating Change Through Humanism

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Americans who do not identify as religious now make up 21 percent of the population, according to the 2014 General Social Survey. With the dramatic increase in the number of secular Americans, the time is ripe for Creating Change Through Humanism , which lays out how and why people can lead moral and ethical lives without belief in a higher power. Abandoning traditional re ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Humanist Press (first published July 13th 2015)
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Jason Schneeberger
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having grown up in and around religion, it was something that was a constant struggle for me. The indoctrination of guilt and the "fear of God" was something instilled in me from an early age, but I always knew deep down that religion wasn't for me.

A little more than a year ago, I discovered the American Humanist Association and it was like the great awakening that I had always craved. All of the thoughts, feelings, beliefs and desires that I had for many years since permanently departing the c
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Lane Sawyer
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Creating Change Through Humanism should be a must-read for aspiring humanists. It provides an outline of secular humanism, which is the natural conclusion and positive belief system for atheists. Being a humanist gives us a label we can use to explain what we DO believe, as opposed to only describing what we don't.

The book essentially lays out the basics of humanist beliefs, but the author is always quick to remind us that not all humanists agree on every point, as there is no official dogma tha
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Lauren
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
After a year of this book being on my currently reading list, I'm admitting I'm never going to finish it. It was a good introduction to Humanism if you don't know what it is, but as a self-proclaimed humanist for some time now, it felt a lot like preaching to the choir. Great as a resource, not so great as a source of entertainment. ...more
Mark Johnston
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I feel a little guilty for giving this book such a low rating. If nothing else, the book does give a clear and complete view of the current vision of the American Humanist Association. Only chapter 4, a brief overview of the history of (H)umanism, seemed really valuable to me.
PJ
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I like how the author covered most of the topics relevant in 2020's social and political climate. I would like to see more on People of Color and their role (or lack thereof) in the Humanist movement. Another good thing about the book is the short length, which makes for a pleasant read. Share with your friends and family, if you can. ...more
Brianna Silva
I'm really glad I read this book. It has inspired and motivated me to make my humanism a greater part of my life; not just a philosophy I hold to, but a driving part of my activism and a source of community. As soon as I finish writing this review, I'm going to MeetUp.com to get involved with local humanist groups. 😎 ...more
Leland Beaumont
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This handbook for prospective humanists is an important resource for thoughtful people who are seeking real good. The book tells us what humanism is, why it makes sense, how it addresses real problems, and what we can do to create positive change.

American Humanist Association Executive director, Roy Speckhardt, declares “Humanism is the radical idea that you can be good without a belief in god” and goes on to demonstrate why this simple idea is so sensible and so powerful. Those who will enjoy t
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Margaret
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for this one. Not for literary style, just because it makes more sense than anything I've read for a very long time.
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Daniel Watkins
At times it felt like reading a brochure, or a piece of polished ad copy about how great the AHA. But as I got further in the book, it became more informative, then downright inspiring.

Tony Bergstrom
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
It's a good outline of Humanism. However, by the time I've read the book I've been familiar with humanism for years. It's a book I would have appreciated more a while back. ...more
Karol Gajda
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I've been following the American Humanist Association (of which Mr Speckhardt is the Director) for years I've never really considered myself a humanist. I always felt like it was a bit of a cop out. Or a cloak. Hiding behind the term atheism. But after reading this (which I purchased after reading a Reddit AMA with Mr Speckhardt) I guess I am a humanist.

Creating Change Through Humanism is a well written account of the challenges that face non-believers in a world of believers along wit
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Mark Abrams
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be an excellent book about humanism. This 172 page read was a very concise and easy to read introduction for atheists, agnostics, and doubters of all kinds. It talks about humanism in a way that is not anti-religion, by any means, and discusses the alternative possibility of being good without a belief in any gods or other supernatural forces, and focuses on an open-minded study of science and its philosophies.

It goes further than just explaining what it is, but also how to be ac
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Benita
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, I've met Roy Speckhardt and appreciate his work with the American Humanist Association. Unfortunately, his personality did not come through and the book was rather dry. I wasn't able to get through it all. There is some good information there, definitely, just not entertaining enough for me to finish... ...more
David
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good and concise overview of Humanism and its key aspects today. No surprises here, but a good roll up, and an excellent introduction for those "nons" interested in something more. ...more
Joshua
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Clear, concise and informative. For anyone interested in learning what Humanism is.
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“Roy writes: When you no longer need to feign an identity that isn’t yours, you’ll discover confidence and the ability to say, “This is who I am,” and speak out on any issue that stirs your heart and mind. By announcing your presence, others will come out to you who you didn’t previously know shared your nontheism. You’ll finally be able to meet other nontheists and build relationships based on truth and honesty. You can love and be loved by people who know the real you. No matter what you’ve been told, that person deserves to see the light of day.” 1 likes
“Foundationally, fundamentalists believe that all goodness derives from their god, so the presence of anyone being good without their god is a constant reminder that something is wrong with their belief on the source of goodness.” 0 likes
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