Publisher’s Description: The Humanist magazine has advanced progressive ideals for over 60 years, standing up for civil rights, civil liberties, church-state separation, the enfranchisement of the oppressed, environmental protection, and the use of science and technology in ways that maximize benefits for all. The Humanist applies the philosophy of Humanism to the critical social and ethical issues of our time. As such, it offers original and award-winning analyses rarely found elsewhere and promotes new and creative solutions to the problems facing humanity.
Humanism is a rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Affirming the dignity of each human being, it supports the maximization of individual liberty and opportunity consonant with social and planetary responsibility. It advocates the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of the open society, standing for human rights and social justice. Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as a part of nature and holds that values—be they religious, ethical, social, or political—have their source in human nature, experience, and culture. Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.