What is Humanism?
As the late Claire Rayner told the BHA, “I was a humanist without knowing it for many years before I found the (British Humanist) Association – when I did, it was like finding a sort of home. Here were people with a range of views that matched mine, who shared my respect for life in all its forms and who, above all, did not in any way try to bully other people to follow their beliefs”.
We try to provide a similar sort of home on a local basis, with socially oriented meetings, discussions of issues of mutual interest, and activities in and around Oxfordshire to increase awareness of humanism and the need for a secular state. See ‘What we do,’ for Oxhums and partner events, campaigns, and community involvement.
For a fuller understanding of Humanism, check out, and follow, Stephen Law’s blog ‘What is Humanism‘.
Or see our YouTube channel for various videos – from individuals or organisations (such as the BHA) – on humanism, secularism, atheism, scepticism and rationality, including clips on apologetics, morality, pseudoscience, transcendence …
Living without religion
As humanists, we make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values, and we regard religions, and their doctrines and rituals, as human inventions. Rather than depending on religious doctrine and dogma to guide or command us, we prefer to take personal responsibility for our actions to lead good, and full, lives.
Not believing in an afterlife, we neither fear judgement, nor expect reward, in the hereafter; we find enough purpose, meaning, joy and wonder in the one life we know we have.
We have only one life; let’s live it well
We are active across the whole of Oxfordshire [and beyond], campaigning for a state where nobody enjoys privileges or suffers discrimination because of their religious or non-religious beliefs. [More…]
We try to keep up with news of interest to our followers on Twitter (@oxhums – feed to the right) and Facebook (Oxford Humanists / OxHums – feed on main ‘News‘ page). Or follow updates from our partner organisations and various individuals of interest on the drop down News menu, above, or by loading as a feed into your own reader.
Details of the wide range of events [local and national] that we and our friends organise for people sympathetic to humanism and secularism, are available on our Calendar page – for events in Oxfordshire, or via the Related Organizations page – for events in the wider humanist community.