What Secular Humanists Believe
Central tenets of Secular Humanism, based on the questions in the Belief-O-Matic quiz.
|•||Belief in Deity|
Not considered important. Most Humanists are atheists or agnostics.
Same as above.
|•||Origin of Universe and Life|
The scientific method is most respected as the means for revealing the mysteries of the origins of the universe and life.
An afterlife or spiritual existence after death is not recognized.
No concept of “evil.” Reasons for wrongdoing are explored through scientific methods, e.g. through study of sociology, psychology, criminology.
No concept of afterlife or spiritual liberation or salvation. Realizing ones personal potential and working for the betterment of humanity through ethical consciousness and social works are considered paramount, but from a naturalistic rather than supernatural standpoint.
No spiritual reasons but rather a matter of human vulnerability to misfortune, illness, and victimization.
The American Humanist Association endorses elective abortion. Other contemporary views include working for equality for homosexuals, gender equality, a secular approach to divorce and remarriage, working to end poverty, promoting peace and nonviolence, and environmental protection.
More from Beliefnet
Take Another Quiz
Talk About Secular Humanism
Top Beliefnet Features