In a presentation entitled Humanism Today – Shared Values, Keith Denby, chair of Devon Humanists will trace the origins and history of the Humanist movement, its contribution to the advancement of the human condition through the ages, and its greater than ever relevance today in a world still riven by ideological bigotry.
Keith said: “People of faith often claim that, without divine inspiration, atheists lack the moral compass that, say the believers, only religion can provide. Humanists counter with the argument that good transcends faith; morality is hard-wired into humankind as a pivotal driver of our evolutionary success.
“Not only is faith unnecessary for living a ‘good life’, but its dogmatic exclusiveness can actually get in the way of channelling our instinctive moral compass into an empathetic, tolerant and inclusive expression of the essential human values shared by all people.
“Following the talk and any discussion that breaks out, we will be seeking people who are willing to organise future evening meetings and develop the Exeter Humanist Group.”
The talk takes place on Thursday, November 22 at 7.30pm at Isca Room, Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG