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2.9 What religious beliefs did Isaac Asimov have?




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This article is from the Isaac Asimov FAQ, by Edward J. Seiler ejseiler@earthlink.net and John H. Jenkins jenkins@mac.com with numerous contributions by others.

2.9 What religious beliefs did Isaac Asimov have?

Asimov had no religious beliefs; he never believed in either God or an
afterlife. He considered himself a Humanist, one who believes that it is
humans who are responsible for all of the problems of society, as well as
the great achievements throughout history. The Humanists believe that
neither good nor evil are produced by supernatural beings, and that the
solution to the problems of humankind can be found without the
intervention of such beings. Asimov was a strong proponent of scientific
reasoning who adamantly opposed creationists, religious zealots,
pseudoscience, and mysticism.

Asimov did not oppose genuine religious feeling in others. He did,
however, have little patience for intolerance or superstition masquerading
as religion.

Although he was an atheist, Asimov was proud of his Jewish heritage. His
parents never made an effort to teach him religion. He did study in
Hebrew school for several months while his father served as secretary for
the local synagogue, where he learned some Hebrew and how to read Yiddish.

Asimov did have a great interest in the Bible, and wrote several books
about it, notably the two volume Asimov's Guide to the Bible and
The Story of Ruth .

 

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