|1.||the denial of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity; the rejection of religion in favour of a belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts|
|2.||a philosophical position that stresses the autonomy of human reason in contradistinction to the authority of the Church|
|3.||(often capital) a cultural movement of the Renaissance, based on classical studies|
|4.||interest in the welfare of people|
In the Renaissance, a scholar who studied the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome; today, a scholar of the humanities. The term secular humanist is applied to someone who concentrates on human activities and possibilities, usually downplaying or denying the importance of God and a life after death.