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WHAT IS HUMANISM

Humanism involves far more than

the negation of supernaturalism.

It requires an affirmative philosophy . . . translated into a life devoted to one's own improvement and the

service of all mankind.

Corliss Lamont

WHAT IS HUMANISM?

Humanism is a philosophy based upon a profound respect for human dignity and the conviction that human beings are ultimately accountable to themselves and to society for their actions. It is a deity-free worldview that affirms our ability to lead ethical and meaningful lives without beliefs in the supernatural. Humanists are guided by reason and scientific inquiry, inspired by music and art, and motivated by ethics, compassion and fairness.

Humanism is not a code word for atheism—it’s much more than that. Humanism is atheism with ethics, atheism that recognizes that the injustices of this world are ours, as humans who know how the world works, to fight, to defeat, and to correct. Humanism is atheism cognizant enough of sociological data and interested enough about people’s own experiences to recognize the crushing burden of oppression carried by the queer community, people of color, disabled people, and the many other subgroups of society ill-served by the current order of things. Humanism is atheism that is prepared to acknowledge that, to build a more equal and fair society for all, the first and biggest step is to make our cause, as humanists, making this world kinder to women, people of color, gender and sexual minorities, poor people, and disabled people. 

MAKING SECULARISM NORMAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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