Are you a freethinker?
Do you like to think outside the box? Do you like to challenge so-called conventional wisdom in your thinking? Then you're probably a Freethinker.
Do you like to use critical thinking skills and evidence-supported facts to guide your thinking, regardless of where it takes you? Then you're probably a Freethinker.
Are you a proponent of using reason and scientific principlesto inform all aspects of daily life? Do you base your worldview on a scientific or naturalistic understanding of how the world works? Then you're probably a Freethinker.
Freethinkers are a broadly diverse group, represented by people from all walks of life and people of a multitude of political leanings. Precisely because they are Freethinkers, they have no rigid dogma, nor is there an orthodoxy. The lack of those things is what makes them Freethinkers.
Common themes and ideas in freethinking circles around the world
Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, or dogma.
Atheism ("a" + "theism") means a rejection of belief in the existence of a god or gods. It can also refer to the belief that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that deities of any kind exist. Some atheists refer to themselves as "non-theists."
Secularism is the idea that people, governments, and other entities should have the right to be free from religious rule and teachings or to be neutral in regard to matters of belief.
Humanists believe all humans have the ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity. They are committed to diversity, equality, an open and secular society, and to protecting the integrity and sustainability of our planet's resources.
Agnostics separate out belief from actual knowledge. They think it is impossible or not currently possible to prove the existence or non-existence of any deity, creative force, or other religious belief. Agnosticism may also refer to having a skeptical approach to such questions.
Deists believe that observation and reason suggest the existence of a higher power, but stop short of proclaiming that we know who or what is responsible for the wonders of the universe. We don't yet know, and may never know.
Naturalism is the viewpoint that the laws of nature, as opposed to supernatural laws, are all that operate in the universe. Steve Irwin, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, and Beatrix Potter were all naturalists.
Freethinkers are everywhere!
Mary Steichen Calderone
American physician and a public health advocate for sexual education. She served as president and co-founder of the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) from 1954 to 1982. Selected as one of the Humanists of the Year in 1974 by the American Humanist Association
Who is a freethinker that inspires you?
Founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc, has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and CNN, and in the publications Playboy, The Humanist, and JET. She has appeared on several podcasts in addition to appearing in the documentaries Contradiction and My Week in Atheism. Mandisa was named the UU Humanist Association's Person of the Year for 2018.
Daniel Edwin Barker
An American atheist activist. He and his wife are the current co-presidents of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. He has written numerous articles for Freethought Today. He is the author of several books including Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist.