Video: Is Humanist a Religion?

Video: Is Humanist a Religion?

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: The U.S. Army announced this week that active duty personnel will now have the option of claiming “humanist” as a religious preference. According to the American Humanist Society, humanism is a philosophy that “without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity.”

Some people of faith may take issue with the decision, but I see this as a victory for people of all faiths. When it comes to matters of the spirit, there are as many ways to elevate our souls, enrich our lives and contribute to the world as there are people who may want to.

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Brad Hirschfield

Brad Hirschfield is the co-founder and co-executive editor of The Wisdom Daily. A rabbi, Brad has been featured on ABC's Nightline UpClose, PBS's Frontline, Fox News and National Public Radio. He wrote a long-standing column, "For God's Sake," for the Washington Post, and has also written for The Huffington Post and He authored the book, You Don?t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism. Brad also serves as President of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank and resource center in New York City.

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