The Humanist Manifesto is a document that represents the official position of the humanist movement. It describes and declares the beliefs, values, and goals of humanism. While many revisions have been published since the first declaration in 1933, all uphold the following tenets of humanism: atheism, naturalism, evolution, moral relativism, and world government.(LaHaye, p. 123-130)
Humanist Manifesto I
The first version of the Manifesto published in 1933, explicitly described humanism as a religion. Later versions backed away from this explicit language.
Humanist Manifesto II
Humanist Manifesto III
In 2003, Eugenie Scott was one of the signers, along with other notable anticreationists like Richard Dawkins, and film director Oliver Stone, of the third humanist manifesto, Humanism and Its Aspirations.
This manifesto presents six main beliefs:
- Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.
- Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change.
- Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience.
- Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals.
- Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships.
- Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness.
These represent core humanistic ideals, and those held onto by Eugenie Scott. Ideals such as, "humanism is to affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities—particularly rationality." These views clearly raise humans to the highest standard, not only forgetting, but ignoring and disregarding who God is and who we are in Him. Humanism often gives way to hedonism, which gives way to hopelessness.
- LaHaye, Tim and David Noebel. Mind Siege. Nashville: Word Publishing. 2000.
- Humanist Manifesto I 1933
- Humanist Manifesto II 1973
- Humanist Manifesto III 2003