Secular Humanist

ARC follows a secular humanist approach to the problems we face in society, including issues with substance use and/or addictive behaviours.

The term “Secular” simply means “not connected with religious or spiritual matters” (religiously-neutral). (See also the Dictionary Definition).

With that said, “secular” is often combined with “humanism” as a particular world view.

Humanism” is “a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition”.

So, given the above definition of secular and some understanding of humanism, we can define the following:

Secular Humanism – A comprehensive, nonreligious life stance incorporating:

  1. A naturalistic philosophy.
  2. A cosmic outlook that is rooted in science and the scientific method.
  3. A consequential ethical system in which acts are evaluated not by their conformance to pre-selected norms, but by their consequences for men and women in the world.

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