Theistic Humanism is the combination of humanistic ideals, particularly the idea that ideals and morals stem from society, with a belief in the supernatural and transcendental.[1][2]

It is frequently invoked as a form of spiritual opposition to monotheism.[citation needed]

Theistic Humanism in African Philosophy

In Southern Africa, indigenous humanism is popularly associated with the Ubuntu philosophy, and its fusion with Traditional African religion is often referred to as Theistic Humanism.[3][4] Ubuntu asserts that society, not a transcendent being, gives human beings their humanity. This form of theistic humanism has frequently been associated with opposition to globalisation.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Mace, Emily (October 15, 2014). "Theistic Humanism". Harvard Square Library.
  2. ^ "Optimistic Secular Humanism | Xenos Christian Fellowship".
  3. ^ Gade, Christian. "What is Ubuntu? Different Interpretations among South Africans of African Descent" (PDF). Aarhus University. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  4. ^ Ani, Emmanuel Ifeanyi (April 1, 2018). "Theistic humanism and a critique of Wiredu's notion of supernaturalism". Critical Research on Religion. 6 (1): 69–84. doi:10.1177/2050303217732134. S2CID 171751046.