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Who are these people?. We’re Humanists!. Humanism = Good without God. +. =. Humanist Community of Central Ohio. Local community for humanists & nontheists Atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, skeptics, etc. Promotes ethical and reasonable secular worldviews

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humanist community of central ohio
Humanist Community of Central Ohio
  • Local community for humanists & nontheists
    • Atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, skeptics, etc.
  • Promotes ethical and reasonable secular worldviews
  • Social events, service projects, education, outreach and activism
  • www.hcco.org
the numbers
The Numbers
  • 15% of Americans have no religion
  • Among 18-29 year-olds, 22% have no religion
  • Numbers are rising: up from 8.2% in 1990
  • Third Largest population in the world: 16%

(after Christianity, 33%, and Islam, 21%)

WHY?

we don t believe in god

Why Not?

  • There are many reasons; everyone is different
  • Combination of intellectual and emotional factors
    • Lack of evidence for supernatural
    • Inconsistencies within religions and between them
    • Religion is emotionally unfulfilling or unnecessary
    • Difficult experiences in life
    • Religious people do bad stuff, too.
    • And A Bunch of Other Stuff
  • Sometimes these reasons lead people to be more religious. Sometimes they lead people away from religion.
  • And that’s ok.

We Don’t Believe in God.

what s it like to be a nonbeliever

…in a Largely Religious Society?

What’s it Like to be a Nonbeliever?

  • Mostly, it’s still pretty normal.
  • Feel ignored or invisible
  • Very common questions and accusations
  • Subject to misconceptions and snap judgments
    • (like everyone else)
  • Potential alienation from friends/family
common misconceptions

Common Misconceptions

  • That we don’t have morals, or can’t be good people
  • That we just haven’t heard about [religion of choice]
  • That we hate religion or religious people
  • That we are unhappy without religion or god
  • And a lot of ridiculous things
    • We worship Satan/the Devil
    • We eat babies
    • We just want to sin
    • We’re angry at god
    • We’re close-minded
    • We think we’re god (that’s news to me)
what do we do
What Do We Do?
  • Community Service
  • Educate ourselves and others
  • Political Activism
  • Build Community
local organizations for nonbelievers

Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO)www.hcco.org

  • Central Ohioans for Rational Inquiry (CORI) www.ohioskeptic.com
  • Humanistic Jewish Chavurah of Columbus (HJCC)www.hjcc.us
  • Students for Freethought at Ohio State ([email protected])www.sffosu.org
  • Omnipresent Atheistswww.meetup.com/omnipresentatheists

Local Organizations for Nonbelievers

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