Dr Simon Nightingale will be giving a public talk, Humanism, what it is and why it is important, as part of the Engaging Issues series of talks, on Tuesday 29th November at 7.30 pm at the United Reformed Church, High Street, Church Stretton SY6 6BY.
Humanists believe that one can lead a good life and be a good person without religion. The British Humanist Association, with the “happy humanist” logo, is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.
Dr Nightingale, a retired consultant neurologist from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, has been working for humanism for some years, conducting humanist funerals and weddings. He is the humanist representative on the Shrewsbury SACRE – the Local Authority committee that oversees Religious Education and Collective Worship in our Shropshire state schools and he is the humanist representative on the Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals Chaplaincy Committee and a member of the Shrewsbury Interfaith Forum. Currently he is chair of the Shropshire Humanist Group.
Dr Nightingale says: “I am grateful for the opportunity to explain the basis of humanism and, in particular, to address some of the myths”. Humanists are non-religious, not anti-religious, and support the rights of those with faith to practise their religions. Humanists collaborate with other religions and interfaith groups, such as The Jubilee Debt Campaign, to promote values we share with most moderate religions. Living without religion does not leave a moral vacuum. Humanists are not moral relativists believing that “anything goes”; on the contrary humanists have strong moral beliefs based on normative ethics and our innate moral instincts. Humanists are not devoid of any spiritual sense and do not believe that our lives are without meaning. Dr Nightingale will show that the myths are far from true.
The talk is for anyone interested in humanism, whether or not they call themselves a humanist. For example, those who believe that it is possible to lead a good life and be a good person without religion may find areas of common interest. Those with religious faith may like to learn more of a rapidly growing, influential non-religious world view. Teachers involved with Religious Education may find the talk helpful and informative.
More information about humanism from the British Humanist Association website.