For over 25 years, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) has been leading the charge on promoting science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. CFI seeks to advance the pursuit of truth and facts over fantasy and myth.
Our community of freethinkers, atheists, humanists, non-believers, and those who question and challenge the extraordinary claims of religion, pseudoscience, and the paranormal to make a better, healthier, freer world for everyone.
CFI advances our mission through educational initiatives, advocacy work at the state, national level, and, and international and engagement with grassroots and campus groups to connect people who share these ideas but lack the environment to express them.
Atheism can be defined as the lack of belief in a god or gods. Despite common stereotypes, atheists aren’t necessarily anti-religion, nor do they “worship” themselves instead of a god. Atheism indicates what someone does not believe. It says nothing about what someone does believe.
Chances are you’re a secular humanist without even knowing it. Secular humanism is a nonreligious worldview rooted in science, philosophical naturalism (rather than supernaturalism), and humanist ethics.
Secular can mean something that doesn’t have any affiliation with religion. Secularism does not refer to opposition to religion. The secular community applies to people who live without religion, particularly those who define themselves as atheists, humanist, or similar groups.
Skepticism is a healthy habit of mind that both prepares us to welcome new ideas and yet cautions us to analyze them critically, to see if they hold up to scrutiny. It’s an attitude that allow us to navigate, to the best of our abilities, the murky divide between sense and nonsense, science and pseudoscience, in the quest for a more reasonable world.