About the Blog

About Civitas Humana:

Civitas Humana is a blog dedicated to discussing and promoting secular humanism as an ethical worldview in conjunction with an atheist and naturalist metaphysical worldview [1]. The picture at the top symbolizes the blog’s mission: Adam, upon realizing that god does not exist and did not create him, looks out and instead sees the natural universe that has brought him into being and that he is a part of. Where and how far will humankind go once it has been freed from religion? The purpose of this blog is to explore and answer this question.

Secular humanism is a philosophy dedicated to discovering what it means to be human, what needs we have, and what methods will best help us to actualize, grow, and be fulfilled in this universe. Civitas Humana (Latin for “City of Humanity”) recognizes that religion, which has traditionally served as a pre-boxed, take-off-the-shelf worldview in most periods of our more primitive history, cannot answer these questions in light of discovering the purely natural and atheistic universe that we live in. Instead, this blog brings together arguments, perspectives, and ideas for how we, as nothing more than a global community of humans, might conceptualize and achieve the best possible world for ourselves and our children. Heaven may not exist in some supernatural realm, but we might build it here on Earth, but only once we recognize that it is not god, but we ourselves who must create it.

About the Author:

This blog’s chief author (me!), Francis Adams (pen name), is a science librarian and recovering Protestant. I hope that in writing this blog others can learn from my experiences, teach me from theirs, and that together we can grow into a less primitive and more humanist, secular society.

Likewise, Matthew Ferguson is a co-author on this blog, and is a Ph.D. graduate student in Classics at the University of California, Irvine.

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[1] While this blog advocates a version of secular humanism in conjunction with metaphysical naturalism, this should not be interpreted as implying that secular humanism requires naturalism. This blog acknowledges that there are plausible forms of non-naturalist secular humanism, which many atheists subscribe to. For further clarification of the relationship between naturalism and secular humanism, see here, as well as the “Introduction to ‘Isms’” page on the top menu.