What does it mean to be atheist and agnostic?
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What does it mean to be atheist and agnostic?

In this lesson students will learn about the difference between atheism and agnosticism. Exploring different scenarios, they will consider whether it is possible to be certain about your belief or non-belief in a god or gods. They will explore how Humanism means more than justĀ atheism or agnosticism. Finally they will go on to explore the motives and justification for the 'atheist' bus campaign before designing a campaign of their own to express how they believe people should live their lives. Download

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What does it mean to be atheist and agnostic?

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Activities

Belief in god scale

Place the beliefs on the scale between atheist and theist. Download

Is it still possible?

If particular events happen, it is still possible that a god exists, and still possible that one does not exist? Can we ever be certain? Download

Invisible pencil-eating monster

Is it possible to prove an invisible monster does not exist? If not, does that mean we should believe in one? Download

Russell's teapot

Explore the burden of proof by asking if it is possible to prove an invisible teapot does not exist. If not, does that mean we should believe in one? Download

The invisible gardener

Is it possible to prove an invisible gardener does not exist? If not, does that mean we should believe in one? Download

The bus campaign

Questions about the purpose of, reactions to, and appropriateness of the 'atheist' bus campaign. Analyse the language used to decide if the campaign was atheist, agnostic, or humanist. Download

Humanist responses: atheism and agnosticism

Fill in the speech bubbles with how humanists might respond to statements and questions about atheism, agnosticism, and humanism. Download

Humanist Perspectives

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? Download

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? Download

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