What is Humanism?
HUMANISM is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
THE MISSION of Humanists of Utah, as a chapter of the American Humanist Association, is to be a clear; democratic voice for humanism in Utah, to increase public awareness and acceptance of humanism, to establish, protect and promote the position of humanists in our society, and to develop and advance humanist thought and action.
HUMANISTS OF UTAH, as a chapter of the American Humanist Association, provides a humanist perspective in strong support of separation of religion from government, preservation and restoration of the environment, protection of civil rights and liberties, and promotion of personal choice regarding introduction of new life, family structure, and death with dignity. Though humanists are not monolithic on every issue--we are a community that encourages tolerance and nurtures diversity--we will not tolerate legally imposed sectarian judgments, human rights violations, or discrimination in any form.
--Adapted from AHA Pamphlet
Humanism is a rational philosophy based on belief in the dignity of human beings, informed by science and motivated by human hope and human compassion.
Humanists revere the natural world, knowing of no other place to set good examples, to work, and to show love. We accept responsibility for what we do and what we become, believing that our immortality is found in the examples we set and in the work we do. We rejoice in the diversity around us.
In the words of Thomas Paine, "such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."
We seek insight from all cultures and from many sources--scientific, secular, and religious--recognizing that there are many truths and many ways to learn about how to live.
Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice. Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as part of nature and holds that values--be they religious, ethical, social, or political--have their source in human nature, experience and culture. Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.
The Philosophy of Humanism
Humanism is a way of thinking and living that aims to bring out the best in people, so that all people may have the best in life. Humanists reject all supernatural and authoritarian beliefs and believe that we must take responsibility for our own lives and for the community and world in which we live. The humanist life-stance emphasizes rational and scientific inquiry, individual freedom and responsibility, and the need for tolerance and cooperation.
--The International Humanist and Ethical Union
--Statement from the Declaration of the Humanist Congress in Amsterdam, August 26, 1952
Humanism contends that human beings are a part of nature, that they have emerged as a result of continuous evolutionary process, and that all their values--religious, ethical, political, and social--have their source in human experience and are the product of their culture.
Humanism affirms the inherent dignity and worth of every human being and is dedicated to the search for meaning and values for humankind through reliance upon reason, intelligence and the scientific method.
Humanists practice the art of living, of being human, and making full use of creative and intellectual resources to enhance the quality of their lives. Their goal is the good society and the achievement of human happiness.
--The Utah Humanist