Humanists are sometimes accused of rejecting the good things in religion along with the bad. We certainly regard the supernatural elements of religion (such as virgin birth, miracles and resurrection) as totally non-evidence based and thus incompatible with science and reason, and consequently unhelpful to the progress of humanity. We do recognise, however, that religious groups can provide a valuable sense of community, may encourage contemplation of social ethical values (the Christian parable of the Good Samaritan for example, and the Muslim proscription to give to charity), and provide a base for communal charitable works.
A number of humanist philosophers have explored the idea of Jesus as a “a charismatic young preacher who advocated generous forgiveness” – this particular description comes from a page of Richard Dawkins’ website entitled Atheists for Jesus, and is echoed in Ken Schei’s website of the same name. The term “non-theistic Christianity” is used by Arthur Broadhurst, author of the Christian Humanist website, and former bishop John Shelby Spong, to describe a non-supernatural philosophy based on the ethical teachings of Jesus.
The Sunday Assembly is: “a godless congregation that will meet on the first Sunday of every month to hear great talks, sing songs and generally celebrate the wonder of life. It’s a service for anyone who wants to “live better, help often and wonder more“.