Secularism and society

What is the humanist vision for society? What is secularism and why is it important to humanists? Find out what humanists work for and what lies behind their motivations.

What kind of world do humanists want?
Suitable for: 11-14, 14-16, 16-18


Building a better world

Chief Executive of Humanists UK, Andrew Copson, explains what lies behind the humanist motivation to improve our quality of life and introduces some of the desired features of a humanist society. Watch

How much work is still to be done?

Andrew Copson describes the current state of play when it comes to achieving humanist ideals in the world. Watch

What kind of world do you want?

(Age 11+) Humanists describe their goals for society. Watch

What is secularism and why is it important?
Suitable for: 11-14, 14-16, 16-18


What is secularism?

‘Secularism’ is a highly misunderstood term, often misused in the media. In this video Chief Executive of Humanists UK, Andrew Copson, explains the meaning of secularism and the aims of a secular state. Watch

The case for secularism

Andrew Copson describes the arguments for secularism and explains that you don’t have to be a humanist to be a secularist. Watch

The state of secularism

Andrew Copson reveals some of the dangers secularism faces around the globe today. Watch

External Resources

Humanism in Afrcia

In this film Leo Igwe speaks about being an African humanist and holding a belief in the power and potential of human beings.

Ten Things to Know about Secularism

Film: Andrew Copson describes what he thinks are the top ten things important things people should understand about secularism

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