President's Welcome 2018

Our international Humanist movement carries a minimum statement of core principles: "Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance that affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. Humanism stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethics based on human and other natural values in a spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. Humanism is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality."

Individual Humanists vary their focus. Some are concerned with science, reason and confronting destructive superstitions and some pursue human rights and humanitarianism. Others focus on the Heart of Humanism - a living ethos of values and practices, which can deepen humanity, fulfil needs sustainably, furnish us with meaning, and expand our human potential.

Some faces of the history of secular moral values

Put mouse pointer in this box to stop scrolling.
You should see over twenty images.
Only Firefox displays this scrolling banner properly (Jan 2014).
If you can't see any or all, click manual scroll to see all pictures.

Protagoras
Protagoras
490 BCE
Hypatia
Hypatia
350
Erasmus
Erasmus
1466
Copernicus
Copernicus
1473
Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon
1561
Galileo
Galileo
1564
John Locke
John Locke
1632
Voltaire
Voltaire
1694
David Hume
David Hume
1711
Adam Smith
Adam Smith
1723
Immanuel Kant
Immanuel Kant
1724
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
1745
Jeremy Bentham
Jeremy Bentham
1748
Mary Wollstonecraft, the title of her book back in the 1780s is still current today!
Mary Wollstonecraft
1759
Sophie Condorcet, wife of French philosophe Marquis de Condorcet, a leading Parisian lady who hosted salons for the philosophes hammering out what we know as Enlightenment values today
Sophie Condorcet
1764
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
1809
Thomas Huxley
Thomas Huxley
1825
Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell
1872
Karl Popper
Karl Popper
1902
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
1941
AC Grayling
AC Grayling
1949
Defending the tolerant secular state
Promote the free open society
Promote the values of the Enlightenment
Promote the scientific world view
Promote general and scientific literacy
Support evidence based policies
Promote social equity

The Humanist Society promotes a non-religious non-supernatural world view and supports a number of issues which certain (fundamentalist) religious interests and prominent pro-active individuals with deep religious convictions oppose including abortion law, drug law, euthanasia law reforms and unaccountable allocation of public monies to religious organisations. These religious interests illegitimately want to compel certain values in the public space when society as a whole wishes to be rid of those restrictions. It is part of the movement which argues that the state and religion should remain separate. More...

 

Humanism is there in ancient Greco-Roman, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Chinese and Indian ideas. Ancestral & indigenous hunter-gatherers approach Humanism by tuning to their environment, their bodies, their companions and their human needs. Humanists welcome all communities and cultures which make humanity central in their values. Yet Modern Humanism takes root in the conscious individualism of the Renaissance, and the freedom, civility and enterprise of the modern Enlightenment.

'Humanity' got lost while Dark Age savagery mellowed to Medieval superstition. Renaissance 'Humanitas' valued modern human qualities like understanding and compassion, as well as traditional virtues like fortitude, prudence, eloquence, and honour. Human art and science flourished again. Then, after the bloody wars of religions, Enlightenment Humanism gave us human rights, rule of law, equality, scientific inquiry, aesthetics, cosmopolitanism, transparency, civility, optimism, and inclusion.

Humanists accept our Humanity - both as limit and as potential. No gods come to help us - just our own ingenuity, curiosity, and goodwill. Judgement is based in honest examination of shared human experience. We respect the free individual, accountable to society, dependent on the natural world, but also responsible for it.   More... (updated article Nov 2017)

Printer iconPrintable version

News

The recently released Census figures showing mass repudiation of religions by Australians brings to the fore an old fear that people who have been taught right and wrong is based on a religion are at risk of becoming unhinged if the basis of their belief collapses or is repudiated. Human values are not based on religion but on basic human impulses. This what the Humanist Society stands for. Read this article by our president.

oooo0000oooo

You can always see quickly and get to what's new by holding the mouse pointer over the New item in the LH column whereupon the update date will show. Click the link if newer than you saw last. The page which presents shows the recent updates with links to those spots.

oooo0000oooo

 

Copyleft with copyright components. If you copy please acknowledge this source.