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Monday, 25 August 2008

Difficult to define?

If you take cooking seriously you might raise an eyebrow on reading an article about cooking vegetables that mentioned types of tomato and apples, peaches and gooseberries but failed to mention beans, peas and potatoes.

But this is what Mark Vernon did in his "Face to Faith" article in the Guardian on August 23 supposedly about Humanism and describing it as being more part of the liberal tradition than "mere" atheism.

He failed to mention by name anyone from the main Humanist ethical tradition and instead mentioned only people from religious traditions. An article about vegetables mentioned only fruit.

He said Humanism is hard to define, but it is no more so than Christianity.

This silly article would hardly be worthy of note were it not by a man described as being the author of Teach Yourself Humanism (Hodder Education) published this month.

We can’t say we haven’t been warned to beware.

For more about Humanism, visit the Humanists website.

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