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Humanism Basics

Here’s a quick rundown of who we are and what we do:


An Introduction to Humanism (6mins)

An Introduction to Humanists UK (6mins)

Humanists you might know:

Recognise these people? They’re all humanists, and supporters of Humanists UK.

Stephen Fry
David Baddiel
Sandi Toksvig
Dan Snow
Robin Ince
Jim Al-Khalili
Stewart Lee
Ricky Gervais
Brian Cox
Julie Hesmondhalgh
Julie Hesmondhalgh
Richard Dawkins
Zoe Margolis
Ed Byrne
Richard Herring
Patrick Stewart
Shappi Khorsandi
Tim Minchin
Terry Pratchett

That’s just a few – many more of our Patrons can be found here.

What is Humanism, who are we, and what do we do?


  • Think for themselves about what’s right and wrong, based on reason and respect for others.
  • Find meaning, beauty, and joy in the one life we have, without the need for an afterlife.
  • Look to science instead of religion as the best way to discover and understand the world.
  • Believe empathy and compassion can make the world a better place for everyone.

More about Humanism

Humanists UK…

Works on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We promote Humanism, a secular state, and equal treatment of everyone regardless of religion or belief.

More about Humanists UK.

We campaign for…

a wide range of issues, from trying to stop the segregation and indoctrination of children in faith schools, and removing the unelected bishops from the House of Lords, to freedom of speech, equal marriage, and much more.

More about our campaigns

Weekly e-bulletin

We send out a weekly newsletter, with all the latest from Humanists UK and the world of Humanism. Sign up here.

Free eBook:

Our Short Course on Humanism is exactly what it sounds like – a quick guide to the humanist worldview. You can get for free here.

Joining Humanists UK:

If you like what you see here and want to get involved you can get a join Humanists UK, or if you don’t want to join but would like to support one of our campaigns you can make a donation. Either way you’ll be helping our causes enormously.

Humanist Ceremonies:

Weddings: Wouldn’t it be great to start your married life with a ceremony that really means something? To tell your friends and family what your relationship means to you, and why you are choosing to get married? Many people who aren’t religious are looking for a wedding that is more flexible and personal than a civil or register office ceremony, with the opportunity to marry where you want, when you want, and how you want. This is where our wedding ceremonies come in.

Funerals: Humanist funerals are a personal and fitting way to say goodbye to those who have lived without religion. Humanist funerals bring people together to express sadness at the loss but also to celebrate the life lived. They focus sincerely and affectionately on the person who has died, paying tribute to the way they lived their life, and to the connections they made and left behind.

Baby Namings: Many parents want a naming ceremony to celebrate the new life of their child, but without labelling the child any particular faith. Humanist namings offer a way to have the celebration without the religious aspects of a Christening, Baptism, or other religious naming ceremony.

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