What is Humanism?

In three words: good without god.

Humanism is the belief that you can lead a good and happy life, without god(s). We reject the supernatural and instead believe that this one life is the only one we get, so we should make the most of it for ourselves and those around us.

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Are you a humanist?

Many people hold humanists beliefs, even if they do not call themselves a Humanist. Find out more on out Are you a humanist? page.

The Humanist Manifesto

The Humanist Manifesto was first published in 1933 by the American Humanist Association. The latest revision, “Humanism and Its Aspirations”, was published in 2003. It suggests the Humanist worldview can be summarised in six points:

  • Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.
  • Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change.
  • Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience.
  • Life’s fulfillments emerges from individual participant in the service of humane ideals.
  • Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships.
  • Working to benefit society maximises individual happiness.

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Famous non-believers: Stephen Fry, Terry Pratchett, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Linda Smith