Newsletter #19 - The Church of Spiritual Humanism
March 18, 2004 - Philadelphia www.SpiritualHumanism.org
The Vernal Equinox
is right around the corner. This year it falls on Saturday, March 20 at approximately
2:49 AM Eastern Time. That might be a little early to be up for a religious
service, but you can still mark this astronomical event later in the day.
Also known as the Spring Equinox, this astronomical occurrence is a
harbinger of warmer weather and has had great influence upon religious practices
in cultures around the globe. From Mayan gatherings at the pyramid at Chichen
Itza, to Christians adoption of the trappings of the pagan goddess
Easter (or Ostara or Eostre), the persistence of thousands of years of
human behavior centering on this observance is truly
This Equinox when you go through the ritual of decorating an egg or buying a chocolate bunny, take a moment to reflect that these things are more than just some symbols of an a forgotten goddess. These trinkets and habits actually tie the past, present, and future of humanity together.
Through logic and persistence we have deduced that the days lengthen in spring because of the mechanics of the Earth's orbit and rotation, not due to the worship of any supernatural being. Through our efforts today, the knowledge and wisdom of future generations will come to dwarf all we now know. Through logic and persistence the world will become a better place. That's more than enough reason for hope.
IN THE NEWS
How Bush Treats Women 3/17/2004
Last week President Bush marked International Women's Day by touting his military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, claiming they have liberated thousands of women from lives of tyranny and oppression.
The president's unusual
focus on the feminist side of his foreign policy may have been designed to
deflect attention from a domestic agenda that is decidedly unpopular with
many women. But the speech actually obscured actions the Bush administration
was taking almost simultaneously in Santiago, Chile, where it dropped its
commitment to the health and survival of millions of poor
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Power through ignorance is a means to bend the world to your will; but misery and suffering can only be eliminated through education and equality.
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It is the nature of science that its theories can be challenged and tested. That's how knowledge is built; you keep refining what you know to bring it closer to the truth. While scientist may quibble over details there are certain central ideas that are accepted by the overwhelming majority of scientists as facts because so much of what we understand about the universe collaborates these points.
Mere science? There is no other way to learn about the universe. Can you build any usable electrical device based on the information provided in the Bible? Which would you want to be operated on by: some one who studied eight years in a seminary or at a school of medical science? When drug companies spend billions of dollars to develop new life saving treatments they use science not some type of divinely revealed wisdom. And the science they use directly relies on the facts that the universe is tens of billions of years old and humans evolved from more primitive forms of life. All modern medicine relies on these points as facts.
When the courts hear a case are their expert witnesses psychics or holy men? No of course not, if they were justice would be but a farce. They rely on scientists who use the scientific method, whose conclusions are derived from previous facts determined by that method. Facts like genetic information is unique to an individual and is a product of evolution. To deny that science is the best method we now have to determine the true nature of the universe is to deny truth itself.
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