Understanding Humanism

Atheism and Agnosticism

What do the words ‘atheist’ and ‘agnostic’ mean and why might someone not believe in a god?

Atheists don’t believe in a god. Agnostics believe we can’t know whether a god exists or not. Many people don’t believe in a god because they don’t see any persuasive reason or evidence to do so, and the presence of so much suffering in the world makes it hard for them to believe in the existence of a good god. They rely on scientific and sociological explanations for where such beliefs might come from.

 

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Overviews
Age 5+
Atheism and agnosticism

Presentations
Age 5+
Atheism and agnosticism

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Overviews
Age 7+
Atheism and agnosticism

Presentations
Age 7+
Atheism and agnosticism

Information
Age 7+
Atheists, agnostics, and humanists

Activities
Age 7+
Belief in god scale

Where do beliefs lie on a scale from atheist to theist?

The invisible pencil eating monster

Can we prove something does not exist?

The invisible gardener

Can we prove something does not exist?

The Epicurean paradox

Can your reorganise the sentences to make an argument?

The bus campaign activities

Exploring Humanists UK’s ‘There’s probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.’ campaign

Assessments
Age 7+
Atheism and agnosticism: multiple choice questions

Atheism and agnosticism: fill in the blanks

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Overviews
Age 11+
Atheism and agnosticism

Presentations
Age 11+
Atheism and agnosticism

Information
Age 11+
Atheists, agnostics, and humanists

Why atheists don’t believe

An alternative wager

Explore Pascal’s wager and how a humanist might respond

Miracles: a humanist perspective

The problem of suffering

The evil god challenge

Philosopher Steven Law presents a challenge to arguments for a benevolent god by asking is it possible an evil god exists?

Activities
Age 11+
Belief in god scale

Where do beliefs lie on a scale from atheist to theist?

Is is still possible?

Would it still be possible for a god to exist or not exist if particular events happened? Is certainty possible?

The invisible gardener

Can we prove something does not exist?

The invisible teapot

Can we prove something does not exist?

The Epicurean paradox

Can your reorganise the sentences to make an argument?

The bus campaign activities

Exploring Humanists UK’s ‘There’s probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.’ campaign

Miracles? activity

Are these events miracles? How might a humanist explain them?

Theodicies: atheist responses

External Resources
Age 11+
The evil god challenge

A short film about philosopher Stephen Law’s thought experiment challenging theodicy.

Assessments
Age 11+
Atheism and agnosticism: fill in the blanks

Atheism and agnosticism: multiple choice questions

Atheist and agnostic responses

How might an atheist or agnostic respond?

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Presentations
Age 14+
Atheism and agnosticism

Information
Age 14+
Atheists, agnostics, and humanists

Why atheists don’t believe

An alternative wager

Explore Pascal’s wager and how a humanist might respond

Miracles: a humanist perspective

The problem of suffering

The evil god challenge

Philosopher Steven Law presents a challenge to arguments for a benevolent god by asking is it possible an evil god exists?

Atheists in foxholes

Activities
Age 14+
Is is still possible?

Would it still be possible for a god to exist or not exist if particular events happened? Is certainty possible?

The invisible gardener

Can we prove something does not exist?

The invisible teapot

Can we prove something does not exist?

Miracles? activity

Are these events miracles? How might a humanist explain them?

Theodicies: atheist responses

External Resources
Age 14+
The evil god challenge

A short film about philosopher Stephen Law’s thought experiment challenging theodicy.

Problem of Evil and Free Will

Problem of Evil and Free WillA BBC animation on the evidence against the existence of a benevolent god

Divine Watchmaker

Divine WatchmakerA BBC animation on the argument from design

First Mover Argument

First Mover argumentA BBC animation on the cosmological argument

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Information
Age 16+
Atheists in foxholes

External Resources
Age 16+
The evil god challenge

A short film about philosopher Stephen Law’s thought experiment challenging theodicy.

Problem of Evil and Free Will

Problem of Evil and Free WillA BBC animation on the evidence against the existence of a benevolent god

Divine Watchmaker

Divine WatchmakerA BBC animation on the argument from design

First Mover Argument

First Mover argumentA BBC animation on the cosmological argument

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