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Why We Come First: A Defense of Humanocentric Ethics (Grand Rapids)

May 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


According to conservative Christians, secular humanists wrongfully reject God in order to worship humanity. Conservative Christians are wrong to say secular humanists worship anything, but humankind should be centered. Far from a kind of idolatry, a thorough investigation into morality requires we center beings like ourselves. The African American theologian William R Jones once called for a humanocentric theism, by which he meant a kind of religious consciousness displacing a providential God and centering human beings.

Naturalism offers the potential to simultaneously expand upon and surpass Jones. Naturalism expands upon Jones by developing humanocentric ethics; the ethical facts, and not only injustice and liberation, are divorced from anything beyond our world. Naturalism surpasses Jones by rejecting theism. We come first.Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Dan Linford

PhD student, Purdue University Philosophy Department

Dan Linford is a PhD student in the philosophy department at Purdue University. He was previously a visiting instructor in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s in physics from University of Rochester. He writes for two blogs, Philosophical Percolations and Secular Spectrum, and his work has been published in journals, magazines, books, and newspapers.