Atheist Mind Humanist Heart website crowdsourced a Rethink of the Ten Commandments, humanist principles for the 21st century. Ten individuals whose ideas were selected by the judges split among them designated $10, 000 of the ReThink Prize.
2, 824 beliefs were posted on the atheistmindhumanistheart.com , and they all reflect fundamental principles on which the modern society as a collective of individuals, rather than a one-minded crowd, is established.
Although these new Ten Commandments were represented as Atheist beliefs, and thus condemned by all that still hold religion close to their hearts, in fact, these beliefs are not much different from those represented by religious believers. The spirit of humanity resides in most of them, and God wants us to care for humanity. After all, isn’t that the whole purpose of religion, of the division between good and bad, and promises of the afterlife? Yes, the latter is the only difference, but everything else up to that point should be about caring for each other.Putting labels serves only marketing purposes.We need not explain to God what lies in our hearts.
You have probably heard most of these catchphrases before, and they are more or less self-explanatory, but if you think you need additional clarifications of why a particular Commandment should be respected, you can refer to atheistmindhumanistheart.com/winners:
1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
2. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
3. The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.
4. Every person has the right to control over the body.
5. God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.
6. Be mindful of the consequences of all your actions and recognize that you must take responsibility for them.
7. Treat others as you would want them to treat you, and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
8. We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.
9. There is no right way to live.
10. Leave the world a better place than you found it.
It would be nice to hear arguments against these principles. What would be the logic behind?