Digest of terms

humanism

affirmation of the importance of humanity, as articulated in the theological sharing between Muslims, Jews and Christians in medieval Christendom, and in the Renaissance. Subsequently, most especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, it has been promoted as 'secular' and contrasted with any religious humanism. This is now the predominant usage, with the connotation of being a non-theistic life stance. In a Chinese context, the Confucian tradition is now predominantly presented as humanist and its earlier religious features downplayed. Whereas some humanists of 'secularist' inclinations would make strong assertion of the falsity of any and all religion, others acknowledge that different journeys of faith are being legitimately pursued both by those who call themselves religious and those who do not.

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