What is FIG?
The Free Inquiry Group, Inc.
is a non-profit organization founded in 1991. FIG is allied with the Council for Secular Humanism and an affiliate of the American Humanist Association and American Atheists. Our members are mostly secular
humanists. However, we welcome to our meetings anyone interested in learning about
or furthering our purpose.
What is a Secular Humanism?
Secular Humanism is a term which
has come into use in the last thirty years to describe a world view with the following
elements and principles:
written by Fritz Stevens, Edward Tabash, Tom Hill, Mary
Ellen Sikes, and Tom Flynn.
more.(At another website)..
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.
Commitment to the use of critical reason, factual evidence,
and scientific methods of inquiry, rather than faith and mysticism, in seeking solutions
to human problems and answers to important human questions.
A primary concern with fulfillment, growth, and creativity
for both the individual and humankind in general.
A constant search for objective truth, with 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 outlook of those who differ from us.
A search for viable individual, social and political principles
of ethical conduct, judging them on their ability to enhance human well-being and
A conviction that with reason, an open marketplace of
ideas, good will, and tolerance, progress can be made in building a better world
for ourselves and our children.
FIG Statement of Purpose and Goals
FIG Statement of Purpose:
To foster a community of secular humanists dedicated to improving the human condition
through rational inquiry and creative thinking unfettered by superstition, religion,
or any form of dogma.
In accordance with our
purpose, we have established the following goals:
To provide a forum for intelligent exchange of ideas for
those seeking fulfillment in an ethical secular life.
To develop through open discussion the moral basis of
a secular society and encourage ethical practices within our own membership and
the community at large.
To inform the public regarding secular alternatives to
supernatural interpretations of the human condition.
To support and defend the principles of democracy, free
speech, and separation of church and state as expressed in the Constitution of the
United States and the Bill of Rights.