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Morgana Post number 25639 Posted: 14th May 2019     Subject: HUMANISM:The Amsterdam Declaration
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The Amsterdam Declaration
of 1952 was a child of its time. For example, it was set in the world of great power politics and the Cold War, and it asserted that “humanists have confidence that the present crisis can be surmounted”.

As befits the nature of Humanism — friendly to evolution, anathema to dogma — the statement was updated in 2002. The 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress in 2002, again meeting in the Netherlands, unanimously passed a resolution known as “The Amsterdam Declaration 2002”. Following the Congress, this updated declaration was adopted unanimously by the IHEU General Assembly, and thus became the official defining statement of World Humanism.

Amsterdam Declaration 2002
Humanism is the outcome of a long tradition of free thought that has inspired many of the world’s great thinkers and creative artists and gave rise to science itself.

The fundamentals of modern Humanism are as follows:

Humanism is ethical. It affirms the worth, dignity and autonomy of the individual and the right of every human being to the greatest possible freedom compatible with the rights of others. Humanists have a duty of care to all of humanity including future generations. Humanists believe that morality is an intrinsic part of human nature based on understanding and a concern for others, needing no external sanction.
Humanism is rational. It seeks to use science creatively, not destructively. Humanists believe that the solutions to the world’s problems lie in human thought and action rather than divine intervention. Humanism advocates the application of the methods of science and free inquiry to the problems of human welfare. But Humanists also believe that the application of science and technology must be tempered by human values. Science gives us the means but human values must propose the ends.
Humanism supports democracy and human rights. Humanism aims at the fullest possible development of every human being. It holds that democracy and human development are matters of right. The principles of democracy and human rights can be applied to many human relationships and are not restricted to methods of government.

Humanism insists that personal liberty must be combined with social responsibility. Humanism ventures to build a world on the idea of the free person responsible to society, and recognises our dependence on and responsibility for the natural world. Humanism is undogmatic, imposing no creed upon its adherents. It is thus committed to education free from indoctrination.

Humanism is a response to the widespread demand for an alternative to dogmatic religion. The world’s major religions claim to be based on revelations fixed for all time, and many seek to impose their world-views on all of humanity. Humanism recognises that reliable knowledge of the world and ourselves arises through a continuing process of observation, evaluation and revision.

Humanism values artistic creativity and imagination and recognises the transforming power of art. Humanism affirms the importance of literature, music, and the visual and performing arts for personal development and fulfilment.
Humanism is a life-stance aiming at the maximum possible fulfilment through the cultivation of ethical and creative living and offers an ethical and rational means of addressing the challenges of our times.
Humanism can be a way of life for everyone everywhere.
Our primary task is to make human beings aware in the simplest terms of what Humanism can mean to them and what it commits them to. By utilising free inquiry, the power of science and creative imagination for the furtherance of peace and in the service of compassion, we have confidence that we have the means to solve the problems that confront us all. We call upon all who share this conviction to associate themselves with us in this endeavour.

IHEU Congress 2002

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Morgana Post number 25640 Posted: 14th May 2019     Subject: Verklaring van Amsterdam
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Joke van Saane ondertekent Verklaring van Amsterdam 25 april 2019



Als introductie in de humanistische gemeenschap ondertekende prof.dr. Joke van Saane vandaag de Verklaring van Amsterdam, een internationaal document waarin de uitgangspunten van het humanisme zijn neergelegd.
Ze deed dit in aanwezigheid van Boris van der Ham en Christa Compas, de voorzitter en directeur van het Humanistisch Verbond,
en Lieteke van Vucht Tijssen, de voorzitter van de raad van toezicht van de Universiteit voor Humanistiek. Joke van Saane is onlangs benoemd als nieuwe rector van de universiteit.

De Verklaring van Amsterdam is een internationaal document waarin zeven uitgangspunten zijn omschreven waarmee het humanisme zich als brede, onderscheidende levensbeschouwing definieert.
Ze is in 2002 door internationale humanistische organisaties erkend en wordt in Nederland door alle lid-organisaties van de Humanistische Alliantie onderschreven.
De Engelse versie van de Verklaring van Amsterdam is te lezen op de site van Humanists International.

Op de foto: Christa Compas (directeur Humanistisch Verbond), Joke van Saane (rector Universiteit voor Humanistiek per 1 juli), Boris van der Ham (voorzitter Humanistisch Verbond)
en Lieteke van Vucht Tijssen (voorzitter raad van toezicht Universiteit voor Humanistiek) met de Verklaring van Amsterdam.

https://www.uvh.nl/actu ... EsHowOlaPolL
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