AAHS Freethinker Forum

This month, it's time to to unpack and untangle our "-isms" -- that is, all of the myriad labels and terms that are so prevalent in the world of freethought, liberal religion, and post-religious community that we might identify with -- or to which we might claim opposition.
What's the difference between atheism and non-theism? Is agnosticism something that can overlap with either, or is it a difference of degrees? Are secular humanism and religious humanism differences of context, or fundamentally different philosophies? And why is Humanism sometimes capitalized?? What's the distinction between theism, deism, pantheism and panentheism?
Might you be a social democrat but not a democratic socialist?
Should we just kill all the labels?
Join us for a lighthearted but informative dive into the (sometimes surprising) meaning of the words that often get thrown around in our communities and lives.
Freethinker Forum is a monthly interactive meeting sponsored by AAHS: Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists & Secularists of UU Santa Monica. All are welcome to join in a lively discussion where a diversity of viewpoints are encouraged and respected. 
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AAHS is a local group of the UU Humanist Association (huumanists.org).
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AAHS (Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists & Secularists/Skeptics) is a group that meets monthly (4th Sundays) for discussion and fellowship at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica (www.uusm.org). All are welcome!
The term Humanism (sometimes known as secular humanism, modern humanism or scientific humanism) was first used as a moniker for a non-theistic, compassionate philosophy or worldview by Rev. John Dietrich of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis in 1916, over 100 years ago! The early Unitarian Humanists wrote the original "Humanism and its Aspirations" manifesto and co-founded the American Humanist Association, helping to begin an international movement. 
"The time has come for widespread recognition of the radical changes in religious beliefs throughout the modern world. The time is past for mere revision of traditional attitudes. Science and economic change have disrupted the old beliefs. Religions the world over are under the necessity of coming to terms with new conditions created by a vastly increased knowledge and experience. In every field of human activity, the vital movement is now in the direction of a candid and explicit humanism."
-Humanist Manifesto 1, 1933
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