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AMSTERDAM DECLARATION (2002)

What Is Humanism?

  1. Humanism is ethical
    Humanist affirms the worth, dignity and autonomy of the individual and the right of every human to achieve the greatest possible freedom compatible with the rights of others. Humanists have a duty of care for all humanity, including future generations. Humanists believe that morality is an intrinsic part of human nature based on understanding and a concern for others, requiring no external sanction.

  2. Humanism is rational
    Humanist seeks to use science creatively, not destructively. Humanists believe solutions to the world's problems lie in human thought and action rather than divine intervention. Humanism advocates the application of the methods of science and free inquiry to the problems of human welfare. Humanists also believe that the application of science and technology must be tempered by human values. Science gives us the means but human values propose the ends.

  3. Humanism supports democracy
    Both human rights and democracy are supported by humanism. Humanism aims for the fullest possible development of every human being. The principles of democracy and human rights can be applied to many human relationships and are not restricted to methods or government.

  4. Humanism takes social responsibility seriously
    Humanism insists that personal liberty must be combined with social responsibility. Humanism ventures to build a world on the idea of the free person responsible to society and recognizes human dependence on and responsibility for the natural world.

  5. Humanism is free of dogma
    Humanism is undogmatic and does not impose a creed upon its adherents. Humanism is committed to education free from indoctrination.

  6. Humanism is an alternative to religion
    Humanism is a response to the widespread demand for an alternative to dogmatic religion. The world's major religions claim to be based on revelations fixed for all time and they may seek to impose their dogmas on humanity. Humanism recognizes that reliable knowledge of the world and humans arises through a continuing process of observation, evaluation and revision.

  7. Humanism is imaginative
    Humanism values artistic creativity and imagination and recognizes the transforming power of art. Humanism affirms the importance of literature, music and the visual and performing arts for personal development and fulfillment.

  8. Humanism is a worldview
    Humanism is a worldview that aims for maximum personal fulfillment through the cultivation of ethical and creative living. Humanism offers an ethical and rational means of addressing the challenges of our times. Humanism can be a way of life for everyone everywhere.

  9. Humanism is free inquiry, science and imagination combined
    The primary task of humanists is to make human beings aware in the simplest terms what humanism can mean for them and what it commits to them. By utilizing free inquiry, the power of science and creative imagination, for the furtherance of peace and in the service of compassion, humanists have confidence that humans can solve the problems that confront humanity. Humanism calls on those who share this vision and conviction to associate with this endeavour.

  10. Humanism is secular
    Humanism encourages the separation of religion from public policy. Humanism fosters the development of reason, compassion and critical thinking for all through secular education and community support.


Humanism is the future of our species.
— John Jackson, Humanist Officiant