Please look at the back cover of this magazine. There you will find a list setting forth “Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles."
Secular humanism is not a religion, nor is the Council for Secular Humanism a church. We have no dogma and no heretics. There is no humanist pope or hierarchy, nor is there a set of sacred texts that humanists must slavishly follow. Positions advanced by humanists are only as sound as the reasons and evidence in support of such positions, and those positions should be challenged and tested to the fullest extent possible. Humanism is based on human experience and knowledge—not supernatural revelations—and, as we all recognize, human beings are fallible. So why the principles?