What is Humanism?

Humanist principles are summed up in the internationally agreed Amsterdam Declaration 2002 of the IHEU. This states that humanism is:

  1. ethical
  2. rational
  3. supportive of democracy and human rights
  4. insists that personal liberty should be combined with social responsibility
  5. is a response to the demand for an alternative to dogmatic religion
  6. values artistic creativity and imagination
  7. is a life stance that seeks maximum possible fulfilment through the cultivation of ethical and creative living
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