What is Humanism?
Humanism is a general term for a world view distinguished by the
- Use of critical reason and scientific methods of inquiry in seeking
solutions to human problems.
- A conviction that dogmas, ideologies, and traditions, whether religious,
political, or social, must be weighed and tested by each individual
and not simply accepted on faith.
- A constant search for truth, with the understanding that new knowledge
and experience constantly alter our imperfect perception of it.
- A concern for this life and a commitment to making it meaningful
through better understanding of ourselves, our history, our intellectual
and artistic achievements, and the outlooks of those who differ from
- A search for viable individual, social, and political principles
of ethical conduct judging them on their ability to enhance human well
being and individual responsibility.
- A conviction that progress can be made in building a better world
for ourselves and our children with reason, an open marketplace of ideas,
goodwill and tolerance.
Secular humanists are distinguished by an emphasis on scientific
methods of knowing, separation of church and state, and a commitment to
the pursuit of humanist goals outside of a religious framework.
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