For the first time since jumping off the fence I have been tempted... at www.spiritualhumanism.org apparently you can be ordained as a member of the Spiritual Humanist clergy with only one requisite, agreeing to the following statement Religion must be based on Reason.
Spiritual Humanism defines itself as a religion based on the ability of human beings to solve the problems of society using logic and science. Furthermore, the site goes on to explain how Spiritual Humanism allows everyone to fuse their individual religious practices onto the foundation of scientific humanist inquiry. How does it pretend to accomplish this task? by "redirecting" the underlying significance of spirituality from the supernatural to the natural...sounds good doesn't it?
Well, my problem with this "religion" is it just presents an inescapable paradox. Religion is fundamentally NOT based in reason. Religion is at its essential core based on the exact opposite of reason, which is belief. Exact opposites can't be reconciled in anything other than wordplays...which is what the term "Spiritual Humanism" is at the end.
Spiritual Humanism is an oxymoron, the product of cognitive dissonance at best...or maybe it is a clever scheme to begin the human race's process at demistifying our conception of the world? a stepping stone from the superstitious to the rational society? I certainly hope so, for now, I'm just considering it a philosophical mirage.