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Humanism and the Future of Scotland: An evening discussion at the University of Glasgow

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        with Christopher Brookmyre, Iain Macwhirter and Ian Scott         7.00 – 9.00pm Wednesday 12th November 2014 Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre (WILT), University Place (off University Avenue at the Wolfson Medical Building) Humanism is playing an increasing role in the ethical agenda of modern Scotland. Humanist weddings, recognised by… Continue reading

Why do Humanists join Humanist organisations?

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      What attracts people to become members of humanist organisations? I have interviewed 80 humanists and atheists in Scotland, England, France, Estonia, Canada and the United States. Not all I interviewed were members of humanist organisations; some were members of atheist and secularist organisations only, not an organisation with ‘humanist’ in the title,… Continue reading

Humanist Workshop 1 – Seeking a ‘vicarless religion’: What do humanists want from humanist organisations?

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In Britain there must be in the order of 30,000 people belonging to humanist and secular ethical organisations. In Scotland, it is in the region of 8,000 people. What do they want from the organisations they join? Dr. Matthew Engelke, of the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, sought to answer this… Continue reading

Selling Humanism

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          I have recently joined a small group developing teaching materials on Humanism for Religious and Moral Education (RME) teachers in Scottish schools. I had my first meeting with the group of fellow Humanists from the Humanist Society of Scotland (HSS) last Sunday as we discussed how to go about this.… Continue reading

Gay marriage can divide humanists

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Gay marriage is generally supported by the worldwide movement of humanists, and generally also groups of atheists, secularists and freethinkers. But there are some who oppose it. Since 2009, I have interviewed over 70 atheists, humanists and secularists, and a small proportion of these opposed extending gay rights. As part of my oral history of humanism, I… Continue reading