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International humanism

While humanists might be able to follow their approach to life and declare their beliefs relatively openly and freely in the UK, life can be very different for humanists around …

Humanist campaigning

‘Faith without works is not Christianity, and unbelief without any effort to help shoulder the consequences for mankind is not humanism.’ Harold Blackham, Handbook of Humanism Practical action is important …

Humanist ceremonies and pastoral care

Humanists UK’s Head of Ceremonies, Isabel Russo, and Pastoral Support Trainer Carrie Thomas describe two cases in which humanists have struggled to achieve equal support during important transitions in life, …

Freedom of expression

‘If the history of civilisation has any lesson to teach it is this: there is one supreme condition of mental and moral progress which it is completely within the power …

The harm principle and freedom of belief

What does the harm principle mean when it comes to questions around freedom of religion and belief? Mill wrote that ‘If [anyone] saw a person attempting to cross a bridge, …

The harm principle

We have already seen in Week 3 the importance of personal freedom to humanists. Here we will explore what this means for organising society, and in particular the role of …

Dialogue

What do humanists think about religion? Drawing a distinction between the people who identify with a religion (eg Catholics), the religion itself (Catholicism), and the associated institutions (the Catholic Church) …

Education

‘Surely one’s children should be given the advantages of one’s own development. Surely they should not be tied hand and foot all over again as their parents were tied to …

The case for secularism

Andrew Copson describes the arguments for secularism and explains that you don’t have to be a humanist to be a secularist. Question: Given none of us can choose the religion …

What is secularism?

‘Secularism’ is a highly misunderstood term, often misused in the media. In this video Andrew Copson explains the meaning of secularism and the aims of a secular state.

The plural society

The religion and belief landscape in modern Britain, and in many countries in the West, is more complex and diverse than ever before. (We will explore this ever-changing picture in …

Human rights

‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty …

The veil of ignorance

‘A just society is a society that if you knew everything about it, you’d be willing to enter it in a random place.’ John Rawls The political philosopher John Rawls …

Building a better world

Chief Executive of Humanists UK, Andrew Copson, explains what lies behind the humanist motivation to improve our quality of life and introduces some of the desired features of a humanist …