Just a quick post to let you know that the Humanist Symposium, started by Adam of Daylight Atheism, will be hosted here September 2, 2007. Submissions can be made through the submission form on Blog Carnival or by sending a link to Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org or a link directly to me at email@example.com
1. The Humanist Symposium is open to atheists, agnostics, and freethinkers. Posts supporting or defending traditional, mainstream religions are ineligible. Posts written from the standpoint of a theistic but non-organized belief system (e.g., deism) are eligible at the host’s discretion, but should still follow the guidelines explained below for what type of entries we’re looking for.
2. The Humanist Symposium is not intended to be a forum for all types of atheistic thought, but original posts that specifically support the philosophy of humanism. Humanism is a way of thought that affirms the inherent dignity and worth of human life and our ability to seek truth, gain wisdom, and tell right from wrong through the application of reason. Submissions should touch on one or more of the following categories, or on topics similar to them:
- The happiness and freedom of life as an atheist, or other positive aspects to living a life without religious belief
- Efforts to evangelize for atheism, and stories of people who have recently deconverted from religion
- How to find meaning and purpose in a godless life
- How non-religious people deal with weddings, child-raising, deaths, and other significant life events
- Posts that stir up the human sense of awe and wonder
- The ethics and moral philosophy of the non-religious
- How nonbelievers can foster and nourish a sense of community
In short, the purpose of the Humanist Symposium is not primarily to criticize religious beliefs or debunk the latest superstition, but to offer and discuss a positive alternative to belief systems based on the supernatural. If in doubt whether a post qualifies, submit it! You have nothing to lose by doing so.
3. There is no hard limit on the number of posts that should appear in each edition. The host is free to use their own discretion in deciding whether to accept a given submission.
4. You may submit one of your own posts or a post written by someone else.
5. No more than one post from the same author should appear in each edition. If there are multiple entries by the same author, the host may select any one of their choice. However, if one submission from a given site is by the author and one is by someone else, priority should be given to the author’s selection. In the case of a group blog, one entry per author is allowable, not just one entry per site.
6. Entries for a given edition should have been written recently, ideally since the last edition. Allowances may be made for particularly excellent older posts.
7. Entries should ideally be from a blog, i.e., a chronologically organized website that allows real-time user comments. However, occasional allowances may be made for humanist writing from other sources.