- Humanists use naturalism, and find truth from Discovery and Axioms, not Revealed truth.
- We find meaning from being good and finding our own meaning - this is not supernatural in any way.
- The holy experiences we have, although meaningful, are made purely from the mind.
- Our goodness is made from nature. (A funny thing I found in his speech was when he said 'Our nature makes us not murder, but of course God does that in the Bible.'.)
He also debunked the common accusation that 'Humanism is just another religion!', by stating, to paraphrase:
Religion is categorized by dogmatic belief in the supernatural - on the other hand, Humanism is not dogmatic and anti-supernatural.
However, I appreciate his respect for religion - in fact, a vicar attended his speech!
I asked him his thoughts on a lack of Free Will, and it's relation to Humanism and Moral Responsibility, and he stated that since we are so complex, we can pretty much act as if we have Free Will - he referenced the Compatablist Daniel Dennett (who I must read!) here.