If It Please the Court: Secular Humanism Is Not a Religion

There is a school of philosophy that holds that most disputes arise from the parties having different definitions over words and terms. I am certain that when Free Inquiry reade rs hear someone state “I am spiritual," they have a different definition of spiritual than the claimant. I thought about that when I read the editorial proclaiming “Secular Humanism: Not a Religion" by Tom Flynn, Ronald A. Lindsay, and Nicholas J. Little (FI, February/March 2015). This debate is grounded in one issue: the definition of the word religion. If we define it only as a supernatural belief system, then the editorial is correct.

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