Humanist studies

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The Vulcan (May 19, 2015, 17:55:58 PM):
Do you guys know about any varsities that offer courses in humanist studies? I'm thinking philosophy would obviously be a major part of such a course, but why do they cater for so many other religious oriented programmes and yet, you never hear anything about humanist programmes or organizations.

I know the FSI can help you to become a secular wedding officer, but I doubt Jacques has a programme for that. I am not aware of any humanist chaplains in our hostpitals, schools or in SANDF/SAPS.

In fact I don't really see any evidence of secular organizations in our country promoting secular values and ideas and the few organizations that do exist are very small one-man show type things with no real support base.

Has anyone done some market research to find out if there is a need in our country for secularists to organize or whether a secular organization can be turned into a sucessful cause?

There are lots of facebook pages and there are some pages and blogs you see pop up now and then, but I don't see any effort in really organizing the secular community.

I'd like to hear what you guys know or think and feel?

Jacques (May 19, 2015, 18:24:02 PM):
Do you guys know about any varsities that offer courses in humanist studies? I'm thinking philosophy would obviously be a major part of such a course, but why do they cater for so many other religious oriented programmes and yet, you never hear anything about humanist programmes or organizations.

I know the FSI can help you to become a secular wedding officer, but I doubt Jacques has a programme for that. I am not aware of any humanist chaplains in our hostpitals, schools or in SANDF/SAPS.

Really briefly, as we're in a crunch with end-of-semester stuff at the uni.

I'm off to the CFI conference in June, including some secular celebrant workshoppy thing, after which I hope to put together a programme at least for that, and start growing the secular marriage thing (and christenings and funerals).

In fact I don't really see any evidence of secular organizations in our country promoting secular values and ideas and the few organizations that do exist are very small one-man show type things with no real support base.

Agreed - the FSI has done a fair bit, but it's hard to gain traction and support, as a part-time gig.


Has anyone done some market research to find out if there is a need in our country for secularists to organize or whether a secular organization can be turned into a sucessful cause?

There are lots of facebook pages and there are some pages and blogs you see pop up now and then, but I don't see any effort in really organizing the secular community.


I've been trying for around 10 years now - the 'community' is difficult to align, and I don't have the answers. A fully-funded full-time job might get it done, but we don't have that.
Mefiante (May 19, 2015, 18:57:56 PM):
I've been trying for around 10 years now - the 'community' is difficult to align…
Ah, yes, cats and freethinkers will not be herded. Quite possibly, it would be self-defeating, were it otherwise.

'Luthon64
BoogieMonster (May 20, 2015, 00:07:41 AM):
Hrm, indeed, yet another opportunity for religionists to claim we're just as full of dogma as they are.

But anywho...

.... and start growing the secular marriage thing ...

Excellent, I will probably be in need of something like that in the next couple of years.
brianvds (May 20, 2015, 05:00:17 AM):
FSI? Flying Spaghetti Initiative?

I am already an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church - I would recommend that everyone follow suit. :-)

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