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Silverman, Herb
"It's not true that atheists believe in nothing. An atheist has a naturalistic worldview (without supernaturalism). There are plenty of mysteries in nature by which to be awed. Science shows us the wonders of the world every day. "

-- Herb Silverman


Herb Silverman is a native of Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Syracuse University and has been a Professor of Mathematics at the College of Charleston since 1976. He has published over 100 research papers in mathematics journals, and is also the recipient of the Distinguished Research Award.

In the 1990s, after learning that atheists were ineligible, by law, to hold elected office in South Carolina, he ran for office and pursued overturning the law in court, succeeding with this effort after a eight-year battle and a unanimous decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court. He currently serves as President of the Secular Coalition for America, and publishes, lectures, and debates. He has also published a chapter entitled "Inerrancy Turned Political" in The Fundamentals of Extremism.

Quotations

"...I've coined a more inclusive term, Functional Atheist: One who acts as if there is no god. These are people who do the right thing because it's the right thing to do, not because of future rewards or punishments. This would include deists and most Unitarians."

"Most of us grew up learning that it was rude to discuss politics, sex, and religion. Politics and sex are certainly no longer taboo, but criticizing a person's faith is still socially unacceptable. It's considered virtuous just to have religious faith, meaning a conviction that can't be shaken by contrary evidence. Why should we automatically show reverence to someone of great faith? Respect for religious faith, whatever that faith might be, plays an important role in perpetuating human conflict. We must not be so open-minded that our brains fall out."

 
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