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Thank you and goodbye

Watch Alice Roberts round up the online course Humanist Lives
Well congratulations, you’ve reached the end of the course. I hope you’ve enjoyed the experience and thank you for taking the time to complete the course and for all your contributions to the discussions and other activities along the way. Throughout this course you’ve had the opportunity to meet many humanists who express their humanism in all sorts of different ways. Humanists share many of their core beliefs and values but there are lots of different ways to live a humanist life. What’s important for humanists is that each of us has the freedom and the opportunity to follow our own beliefs and passions.
That were able to find our own ways to flourish in this one life we each have and that we work to support the wellbeing of others, in ways that take advantage of our individual talents and that are meaningful to us. You might not agree with all of the people you’ve met on the course, their choices and their idea of what constitutes a good life might be different to yours. But you may feel that some of the humanist approaches to life that you’ve encountered resonate with your own ideas and you recognise common ground there. Either way, I hope that you feel better able to understand what it means to be a humanist today.
This might be the end of the course but we hope that it’s deepened and stimulated your desire to get to know other people better. The more we learn about each other, the better able we all are to live together and the richer our own individual lives will become. Goodbye for now.

Going deeper

In this course, we have only been able to skim the surface of what it means to live a humanist life.

If you are interested in learning more about humanist beliefs, values, and goals, then please try our other free online course, Introducing humanism: non-religious approaches to life, to explore the humanist perspective on life’s big questions.

You will also find that the recommended reading in the further reading below will help you to develop a deeper understanding of humanism.

To find out more about the work of Humanists UK, visit

If you live outside the UK and are interested in finding out more about your local humanist organisation, visit the Humanists International website.

Get extra benefits, upgrade your course

You can now get extra benefits by upgrading this course, including: Unlimited access to the course: Go back over the course at your own pace with unlimited access for as long as it exists on FutureLearn. A Certificate of Achievement: To help you demonstrate your learning we’ll send you a Certificate of Achievement when you become eligible. Find out more


We’d love your comments on what you have particularly enjoyed about the course and what could have improved the learning experience. After marking this step as complete, you’ll be able to complete the end of course survey.

Thank you!

Finally, we’d like to say thank you to everyone who helped to make this course happen: all our interviewees, everyone who contributed a written article, and Luke Donnellan, Rhian Jones, Ed Prosser, Anthony Lewis, George Stamatis, Mark Galluzo, Marie-Therese Hildenbrandt, Caitlin Young, Holly Austin, Nishul Shah, Theresa Mattingly, Yasemin Sahin, Shayan Safaei, Helen Foster, Maria Charalampidi, Casandra Strauss, Oliver Norbert, and John Woolhouse.

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