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      When I was new to humanism many years ago, I ask, "What is Humanism?"  On the surface the answer seemed a simple one....  But the answer, it turns out, depends on who or which organization you talk to.  While there is no set answer, the pages in this section will help you get a feel for what Humanism is. 

     According to the International Humanist and Ethical Union the minimum answer is as follows:

     "Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.''
Minimum Statement of the IHEU

     But that is not all there is to this answer.  Even the IHEU has more to this question on their website.  

Additional Resources

Definitions of Humanism American Humanist Assoc.
A Definition of Humanism Corliss Lamont
What is Humanism  
Frederick Edwards
Humanist Manifesto III
American Humanist Assoc.
Affirmations Of Humanism
Council for Secular Humanism

 

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