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Thursday, February 01, 2007


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I thought I should say something about calling Rudd a 'humanist', when he's an avowed Christian. By 'humanist' in this context, I mean someone who's sensitive to and cares about other humans and especially human suffering.

As far as I can figure out, around here the word "humanist" is a codeword for "atheist."

Yes, I think it's one of those words where I built up my own meaning around it which is at odds with the social meaning. To me, 'Christian' and 'humanist' aren't necessarily opposites but I gather they are for some.

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