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Marriage: From a Humanist point of view…


As a photographer who has and hopes to keep working in the wedding photography field, I have often wondered how it all started. How it is that most people accept the formal church wedding and some want something a little different.

I have contacted the Association of Irish Humanists and received a book that they kindly sent me “The humanist philosophy”, this little green book is a wonderful guide to the humanist view of our Christian world.

I knew it was for me the moment I opened the front cover and the following quotation was printed on the inside page..

The Humanist Philosophy

” … We believe that it is better to love men than to fear gods; that it is grander and nobler to think and investigate for yourself than to repeat a creed” ‘A humanist credo’ Robert Green Ingersoll, 1833-1899

Well, this very simple little quotation says it all to me. “Investigate for yourself”! don’t just repeat in parrot fashion something you have been trained to say every Sunday…. Hum, How can I resist knowing more!!

So over the next weeks I will post some, relating to my conclusions of this little book and its view on life and birth,death,marriage,art,etc….


14 responses

  1. That’s our friends Nora and Fin! I didn’t know you did their wedding! Small world!

    May 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  2. Good morning, Nigel, these should be interesting posts, I look forward to them.

    May 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  3. Outstanding topic and post! I knew you would be a humanist :-).

    May 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  4. Excellent post! I’m looking forward to following your journey. πŸ˜€

    May 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    • Hello Jackie, Its a long bank holiday weekend here so I am looking forward to finishing this book by Tuesday πŸ™‚


      May 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm

  5. victoriaaphotography

    Sounds interesting. Will look forward to your posts.

    May 3, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    • Hello Victoria, Its my long weekend project! reading as much as I can on Humanist weddings.

      May 3, 2013 at 6:16 pm

  6. I understand and loathe when people parrot things without really having investigated it for themselves, so really appreciate your encouragement to investigate. Having done so myself, I believe it is better to love and respect man and love and reverence God rather than to fear either.

    May 3, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    • Absolutely Rene, thank you for your addition here in this post.

      I am very pleased that taking into account what you have said in the past and how clear you are about you beliefs on your blog that you felt you could do so.

      This post is about a personal journey I am on and you can help and are more than welcome to address your beliefs here!

      Again thank you!

      May 3, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      • Having sensed your kind spirit, I was sure you wouldn’t mind. Thank you, Nigel!

        May 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      • πŸ™‚

        May 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm

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