Our Mission

The Center for Inquiry strives to foster a secular society based on reason, science, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to defending science and critical thinking in examining religion. CFI’s vision is a world in which evidence, science, and compassion—rather than superstition, pseudoscience, or prejudice—guide public policy.

CFI is a community of freethinkers, atheists, humanists, and non-believers who question and challenge the extraordinary claims of religion, pseudoscience, and the paranormal. From powerful grassroots movements to the United Nations, from podcasts and videos to world-renowned publications and landmark international conferences, CFI advocates for a more enlightened world. We value evidence and critical thinking to make a better, healthier, freer world for everyone.

For over 25 years, CFI has advanced our mission through educational initiatives, advocacy work at the state, national, and international level, and engagement with grassroots and campus groups to connect people who share these ideas but lack the environment to express them.

What We Do

Our Values

What is Atheism?

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.

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What is Secular Humanism?

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.

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What is Secularism?

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.

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What is Skepticism?

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 allows 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.

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