Beginnings

Skepticism is my nature.
Free Thought is my methodology.
Agnosticism is my conclusion.
Atheism is my opinion.
Humanitarianism is my motivation.
— Jerry DeWitt

This quote is a simple summation of my worldview. Each statement that Mr. DeWitt makes applies to me. Let’s examine them in order:

Skepticism is my nature.
All through my life I have questioned what I have been told. I have never been one to blindly accept everything people tell me. Even when I agree with something I regularly check it to make sure I don’t believe something solely because it already matches my worldview.

Free Thought is my methodology.
Dictionary.com defines Free Thought as “thought unrestrained by deference to authority, tradition, or established belief, especially in matters of religion”. This is also accurate in my case. Phrases like “we’ve always done it this way” or “this is the way we do things here” immediately gets me to question why and see what alternatives there are. I’ve never been one to blindly accept instructions from people on the top.

Agnosticism is my conclusion.
Being scientifically minded, I view the world through observation and experimentation in the natural world. Using the scientific method, you can neither confirm nor deny the existence of supernatural beings since, by definition, supernatural beings fall outside of nature and are therefore unobservable through natural world observation.

Atheism is my opinion.
If supernatural beings cannot be observed then how do we know they exist? If there is no observation of said creatures, then my opinion would be that they don’t. If repeatable evidence comes to light to the contrary, I’ll change my opinion once I’m satisfied the data is genuine and the source is attributable and accurate.

There are plenty of blogs on the web that talk about atheism. Godless In Dixie is an excellent example as written from a Southern perspective. Neil Carter is far more qualified to talk about the subject than I am.

All that being said, I’m not one for arguing over the existence of gods. I will leave that debate in the hands of more qualified people.

Humanitarianism is my motivation.
To me, this last one to me is the most important. I am motivated to help my fellow humans of all faiths.

I express Humanitarianism through the system of thought known as Humanism. This subject is my main topic for this blog. I want to explore this subject in greater detail as this blog progresses.

My current focus over the last two years has been on creating a safe place here in Chattanooga for Humanists to be able to meet and socialize. We have been meeting on the second Sunday of every month since February of 2014. The group has been slowly growing and I have made a lot of new friends through the monthly meetings. It has been a great journey so far and I hope to see more people join the group as they become aware of us.

 

 

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