Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Humanistic Judaism

Humanistic Judaism Cover "Secular Humanism" is a non-religiously based philosophy promoting man as the measure of all things. They value knowledge based on reason and hard evidence rather than on faith. They generally reject the concept of a personal God. 1 The movement can be traced directly back to the rationalism of the 18th Century and the free thought movement of the 19th Century. Its roots are in the system of rational philosophy created in ancient Greece.

"Religious Humanism" is similar to secular Humanism, except that it is practiced within a religious setting with community, fellowship and rituals. Its various forms are seen in Ethical Culture Societies, some groups affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association, and in congregations associated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism.

Humanistic Judaism, then, is a group within Judaism which follows religious Humanism. According to an article in the Washington Post, "Stephen P. Weldon, a historian of humanism at Cornell University, said that Jewish humanists reflect an emerging pattern of religious humanism as distinct from secular humanism. 'A lot of humanists have decided that religion is a natural human impulse and...that there needs to be some kind of ritual and socializing aspect and that going to church or going to temple can help us do that,' Weldon said."

Free eBooks (Can Be Downloaded):

Frederick Hadland Davis - The Persian Mystics Jalaluddin Rumi
Anonymous - The Urantia Papers
Pansophic Freemasons - Masonic Symbolism
Reynold Nicholson - The Mystics Of Islam