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What do secular humanists believe?

 

  • Secular humanists believe that this is the only life of which we have certain knowledge and that we owe it to ourselves and others to make it the best life possible for ourselves and all with whom we share this fragile planet.
  • We believe that human beings have made society what it is - the good and the bad.
  • We find no evidence for supernatural causes of, or remedies for, humankind's condition.
  • We believe that people are best able to solve this world's problems when they are free to use reason and knowledge as their tools.
  • We recognize these realities:
    • Humankind has, over the millennia, evolved codes of moral and ethical conduct necessary for survival of the individual and the species.
    • Also, over the millennia, humankind has created deities (gods) to account for the natural world and devised mysteries and myths to assuage the fear of death by promising immortality.
    • These gods and myths evolved into a variety of religions, which selectively adopted elements of society's evolving codes of conduct and claimed for those codes some form of supernatural or divine-origin.
    • These religions have provided (and still provide) the rationale for compassionate behavior but also for hatred, bigotry, and brutal inquisitions, wars, crusades, pogroms, and holocausts causing untold misery and countless millions of deaths

       

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