This definition is based on the Humanists UK website. Please follow this link if you want to find out more: http://www.humanism.org.uk
Humanism is the view that we can make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values and that we can live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs.
Humanists seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves. We choose to take responsibility for our actions and work with others for the common good.
Humanists do not believe in a God or gods, or any other supernatural or divine entities. Humanists do not think that the universe needs a divine power outside of itself in order to have value. We, inside the universe, determine its value.
What humanists believe
Humanism is an approach to life based on humanity and reason – humanists recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone and that the aims of morality should be human welfare, happiness and fulfilment. Our decisions are based on the available evidence and our assessment of the outcomes of our actions, not on any dogma or sacred text. Humanism is a naturalistic view, encompassing atheism and agnosticism as responses to theistic claims, but is an active and ethical philosophy greater than these reactions to religion. Humanists believe that we all have individual rights and freedoms, but individual responsibility, social cooperation and mutual respect are just as important. People will continue to find solutions to the world’s problems, so that quality of life can be improved for everyone. We should take a positive approach to life, gaining inspiration from our lives, art and Humanist Ceremoniesculture, and a rich natural world;
Humanists believe that we have only one life, it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it flourishingly.