The Tolerant Secular State
The NZARH strongly believes that government should be secular; that is dealing with the issues of this world rather than following a religious agenda. Our law should not give one set of beliefs privilege over another and the state should treat religious organisations the same as any other organisation. The rights of freedom of belief and freedom of expression, must be upheld as long as these are not used to undermine other people's rights to safety and security.
"How should we live?" is a question that both secular and religious philosophers have provided many different answers to. Members of the NZARH believe that this question is best answered by a secular humanist approach that examines and thinks about what will best serve humanity in the real world.
Members of the NZARH hold a naturalistic world-view. They believe that everything arises from natural properties and causes, and that supernatural explanations can safely be rejected.
Both science and religion try to make sense of our world but in fundamentally opposing ways.
Science uses observation and experimentation to systematically study the structure and behaviour of the physical world in order to make useful predictions. For an idea to have scientific merit it needs to be capable of being verified as an accurate explanation. This requires that the idea is able to be proven wrong and that the idea is open to revision or replacement based on the available evidence.
Religion is based on faith in supernatural explanations which are attributed to some force outside of the laws of nature. The answers provided by supernatural explanations are hollow. Stating that something is a result of a supernatural miracle is making a claim that can never be proved.