The Brights

Think about your own worldview to decide if it is free of supernatural or mystical deities, forces, and entities. If you decide that you fit the description above, then you are, by definition, a bright!

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What is a Bright?

* A bright is a person who has a naturalistic worldview
* A bright's worldview is free of supernatural and mystical elements
* The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview

* We promote the civic understanding and acknowledgment of the naturalistic worldview, which is free of supernatural and mystical elements.
* We gain public recognition that persons who hold such a worldview can bring principled actions to bear on matters of civic importance.
* We educate society toward accepting the full and equitable civic participation of all such individuals.

Daniel Dennett talks about the Brights movement.

"Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have." -Penn Jillette, active Bright of "Penn and Teller" fame

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Discussion Forum

Demon Possession, the Apostle Paul, and Epilepsy

Started by Mark D. Zima. Last reply by Bill_Hicks_Worshipper Aug 21, 2014. 4 Replies

On my YouTube channel, I am beginning a series of videos exploring the hypothesis that the visions, hyper-religiosity, dramatic religious conversion, and perhaps even hypo-sexuality, of the Apostle…Continue

Tags: hyper-religiosity, epilepsy, hypo-sexuality, religiosity, visions

The Name "Brights"...

Started by MarkFL. Last reply by Reason Being Feb 14, 2012. 92 Replies

By definition I am a bright. However, I hate the name. Why are Brights not naturalists, which is more descriptive, accurate, and less cocky sounding. Where does the term come from and why do people…Continue

The Brights logo is interesting...

Started by Limber Lightfoot. Last reply by House Oct 27, 2011. 21 Replies

Hi All, Am I the only person who recognises the logo for this group as being very similar to the Egyptian Amarna period artistic representations of the sun god, the aten, around 1350BC. …Continue

Is anyone else going to the rally?

Started by Apeman Jim. Last reply by Charles Alexander Zorn Oct 28, 2010. 4 Replies

John Stewart is hosting a rally at the Capital Mall. I think it will be a lot of fun!   Continue

Brights Movement reported in Sacramento local paper.

Started by Davis Jacobson. Last reply by Davis Jacobson Aug 5, 2010. 1 Reply

The Brights Movement was featured in a Sacramento local paper.  There is a ton of good stuff in the article!<b>Feature Story</b> (link)The Bright sideIs atheism going mainstream? One…Continue

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Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on July 9, 2015 at 2:44pm

I like the sound of this--it is just what the children of the bible enthusiasts REALLY need. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 25, 2013 at 9:35am

Thanks for the information Natalie.

Comment by Natalie A Sera on December 24, 2013 at 7:54pm

Well, there were certainly many men named Jesus (Yeshua in Aramaic) as it was a fairly common name, and one of them COULD have been born on what is now considered Dec. 25 (they used a different calendar back then), but there was certainly no man NAMED Christ, since that is an honorific, meaning Messiah, not a name. Not even CALLED Christ, since that was a later, Greek term, and the Greeks never even heard of him during his life. So there, proven! :-)

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 24, 2013 at 6:24pm

Glad to hear tomorrow is Newton's birthday.  A good reason for the season.

I would guess that the chance that the man called christ was born that day is considerably less than 1 in 365, because the fact that he existed at all is doubtful, and christ the god was never born.

Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on December 24, 2013 at 5:59pm

Happy Newtonmas to everybody.

Yes, Isaac Newton was born on 25 December, but there is only a 1 in 365 chance that Christ was. 

Comment by Chris Loren on December 16, 2012 at 11:46pm

Thanks for shining the light

Comment by Gary Berg-Cross on September 7, 2012 at 7:11am

 Members in the DC area may be interested in a Sept 8th (2-4 pm) Maryland-DC chapter of WASH (Washington Area Secular Humanists) free panel discussion on the Topic of: "What would Paul Kurtz say?” Our Panel: Margeret Downey, (founder & president Freethought Society), Edd Doerr (President @ Americans for Religious Liberty), Stuart Jordan (President of the Institute for Science and Human Values,, and Nathan Bupp) ISHV Communications Director). In a long and extraordinary career as a public intellectual, Paul Kurtz has distinguished himself as a major contributor to secular humanism, critical thinking, ethics, skepticism and American philosophy. Kurtz’s noble life, as well as, numerous, seminal writings about these topics are worth reflecting on. To this end a panel of people who know him well will be on hand to discuss this and his effects to build a constructive secular alternative to religion. It's at the Wheaton library. see

Comment by Dave Kilby on July 12, 2012 at 11:42am

Hi everybody. My Name is Dave Kilby (aka Grouchy).

I do a blog at "Grumbles From an Old Grouch", about politics, atheism, culture and life in general. The blog is written as someone who has been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and used it to wipe up the mess.

I'd like to extend an invitation to check it out. I especially recommend the posts: The Theory of Evil-ution vs The Mythology of Creationism (pts 1 & 2). They're a common sense, and rather humorous (I hope) takedown of creationism. It's absolutely free, and if I might add, worth every penny.

Upcoming (after I finish my "Tea Potty" series) will be a post on "The Religious Wrong" and the history of religious reactionaries.

I also have a page on Facebook: "Grouchy's Grumbles"

When you check them out, let me know what you think. if you like them, tell your friends. Heck, if you like them, tell your enemies. It might give them something to think about (provided they can think.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 16, 2011 at 12:49pm

War, oppression, domination, exploitation, manipulation = an all too familiar theme in our news and daily lives and even the news distorts and propagandizes.  Religion, all religions have failed to civilize people. Where is compassion?  What happened to ethical and moral codes under the influence of religion? 

A very basic, straightforward example of this is what is happening to  Bradley Manning, the Army private accused in the most famous leak of government secrets or to the people and policies that put him in his dilemma of watching films and reading documents that clearly were violations of conduct of wars. This film reveals what happened and asks who is guilty? What moral compass does the USA use to make decisions?

What role do/can atheists play in establishing war conduct? From where does our moral and ethical foundation spring?

Bradley Manning Heads for Jail; No    a documentary:

Comment by G Smith on August 7, 2011 at 5:26pm
I'm a Bright! (...and a Secular Humanist, and a New Atheist, and a Naturalist, and ...)
There's a YouTube video poll on "Does Prayer Work?"
posted by a young non-believer who's still trying to figure out what to call himself. I can relate.

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