Humanist Perspectives

Celebrations and ceremonies

What do humanists celebrate and how do they mark important events in their lives?

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Happiness

What is the Happy Human and what does it represent? How do humanists think we can all be happy?

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Death

Why do humanists believe this life is the only one we know we have, and what does that mean for how they choose to live their lives?

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Ethics

Why should we be good to others? How can I know the difference between right and wrong?

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Ethics: The Golden Rule

What is the Golden Rule and where do humanists think it came from?

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Ethics: The evolution of morality

Where does our morality come from? Is it set in stone or a work in progress?

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Euthanasia

Are humanists in favour of assisted dying or against? How do they decide?

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Families and Relationships

What do humanists believe is the definition of a family? Should we always put our family first? Do humanists approve of marriage, same-sex marriage, cohabitation, and divorce? Should children be labelled with a religion or belief?

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Discrimination and prejudice

Why might a humanist disapprove of discrimination and prejudice? What are the causes and  potential solutions to the problem? What are humanist attitudes towards LGBTI people?

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Customs and traditions

What do humanists think about different cultural and religious traditions? Should we be free to practice whatever customs we like or should some practices be restricted?

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Sex, contraception, and STDs

What are humanist attitudes towards sex? Are humanists in favour of birth control?

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Environmental Issues

Why might humanists care about the environment? Is the natural world only important because of its use to human beings?

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Animal welfare and vegeterianism

How can reason and evidence inform decisions about animal welfare? Do humanists extend their moral circle to include animals? What do humanists think about eating meat?

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Abortion

What do humanists think about abortion? Do they all agree? How might a humanist respond to religious arguments relating to abortion?

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Atheism, agnosticism, and Humanism

What are the meanings of the words 'atheism' and 'agnosticism'? Is it possible to be certain about your belief or non-belief in a god or gods? How is Humanism more than just atheism or agnosticism?

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Gods

Why don't humanists believe in a god or gods? If gods don't exist, why might people believe in them? How important is the question of a god's existence to humanists?

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Arguments for gods

How might a humanist respond to the different arguments put forward for the existence of a god? How might humanists explain alleged miracles?

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The problem of evil

Why might humanists believe the existence of so much evil and suffering in the world is evidence against an omnipotent, benevolent god?

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Crime and punishment

How do humanists approach questions on how we should respond to crime? What do they feel about the different methods and reasons for punishment?

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Terrorism

What do humanists see as the causes of terrorism? Can Humanism and secularism provide defences against it?

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War and Peace

Do humanists believe war can ever be justified and how can it be prevented? (Includes Carl Sagan on the value of our 'Pale Blue Dot')

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Humanist perspectives on the good life, war and peace, crime and punishment, human rights, wealth and poverty, secularism and more.

Previous Humanist Perspectives

Can't find a humanist perspective on what you are looking for? Here you will find a link to other humanist perspectives on our former education website, Humanism for Schools. We're in the process of updating all of these, but, for now, you may find useful information here to support your planning.

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