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Atheists do not believe in any gods or the supernatural. Humanists emphasize the common humanity of all, placing moral values solely within the human realm and not the divine. Moral and social uplift occurs by the efforts of human beings.

Important Terms

  • Atheist: Does not believe in gods or the supernatural.
  • Humanist: Believes that this life is the only life we have and are skeptical of the supernatural or divine. Humanism involves a commitment to moral values and moral autonomy.
  • Agnostic: Believes that the existence of god(s) can neither be proven nor disproven.
  • Questioning/seeking: May have questions as to the existence of god(s), or may not believe in the existence of god(s) but have unresolved questions or conflicts.

Reflection and Practice

Though they do not believe in god(s) or the supernatural, those who identify as atheists or humanists sometimes will gather in community with one another for fellowship and discussion. In the Interfaith Prayer Room in Kindlon Hall, Room 136, a book of reflections and poems is available to students who do not identify with a religious tradition but would still benefit from a resource and space in which they can meditate and reflect.

Ways to be Involved at BenU 

Here are a few classes offered at  BenU about this faith tradition. Please visit the Course Catalog for more information and click here to learn about the Interfaith Studies Emphasis. 

  • IDS 303  Interfaith/Culture Dialogue
  • RELS 285 Religion in America 
  • THEO 212  Land, Justice and Peace


Faith Communities

Carrie Ankeny
Director of Campus Ministry
(630) 829-6028