Essence of Generic Humanism

Founding of the Church of Humanism

The Church of Humanism is an independent religious organization founded in 1973, in the Humanist spirit of Dr. Norbert F. Capek and other great minds such as Martin Buber, Erich Fromm, Julian Huxley, Bertrand Russell, Felix Adler, Abraham Maslow, Albert Schweitzer and many others.

Since time immemorial a great number of philosophers, psychologists, theologians, artists, writers and scientists in many fields produced ideas of inestimable value. The synthesis of their creative discoveries could not only provide a good frame of orientation in this critical time of history, but actually help save civilization from its increasingly evident trend towards self-destructiveness. There is a vital need to keep the legacy of these people alive. The Church of Humanism, espouses a humanistic theology inspired by the possibility of such a synthesis. It considers religion to be a central mental force whose renewal in the form of a rational and ethical spirituality is essential for the well-being and future of humankind.

It is obvious that there is, particularly in our culture, but also globally, a great need to project, non-dogmatically, a vital, reality-based ethical vision, to actualize its ideals and to overcome the increasing state of human isolation and degradation. One of the means to achieve this goal is by enhancing programs where dialogue, creative relating and spiritual values are cultivated and encouraged.

The Church of Humanism is working to create an environment, guided by the principles of honest search for truth, the struggle for justice and peace, and the fullest development of the human potential, both in the individual and social spheres. Particular emphasis is put on the substantive perception of religion and the word God that is in harmony with rational, emotive, intuitive and scientifically plausible concepts.