Recognition of Atheism, Agnosticism, Secular Humanism and other reason-based ethics systems:
In an effort to create more awareness about world religions and philosophies, Office of Internal Affairs and International Initiatives would like to notify campus community members about important key dates within several world religions and philosophies. This message seeks to educate the campus community about some of the reason-based perspectives held around the world.
Throughout the world, many people identify as atheist, agnostic, non-believer, humanist, freethinker, or others.
From the American Atheist website: “Atheism is the lack of belief in a deity, which implies that nothing exists but natural phenomena, that thought is a property or function of matter, and that death irreversibly and totally terminates individual organic units.” Some individuals who agree with atheism prefer to identify themselves as non-believers.
While there exists some disagreement about whether agnosticism is a method of arriving at atheism or is itself a unique perspective, essentially agnosticism is characterized by a sense of doubt in the existence of a deity.
Freethinkers, as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary, reject “authority and dogma, especially in…religious thinking, in favor of rational inquiry and speculation.”
From the American Humanist Association: “Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”
*This information was drawn directly from a variety of sources:
American Atheist: http://atheists.org
American Humanist Association: www.americanhumanist.org
Atheist Alliance International: www.atheistalliance.org
The Freethought Society: www.ftsociety.org
Secular Coalition for American: http://secular.org
Prairie View A&M University acknowledges and embraces the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff. Due to the great number and diversity of viewpoints, this resource is not able to provide an exhaustive list of significant dates for all faith and philosophical traditions. Likewise, the practice of special dates may differ based on region, denomination or generational differences.