This site is intended to provide an easy resource for information on, links to, and news about, issues related to humanism, secularism, skepticism, anti-pseudoscience, rational thinking, human rights and compassionate animal management. We collate podcasts, news feeds, YouTube videos, social media feeds, and news outlets so that all are available from here via the various menu links.

There is a Twitter feed with similar focus (@oxhums) and my colleague, Teodora, runs the allied Facebook page (Humanism2019). There is also a mailing list, Humanists Oxfordshire, which anyone can join; to communicate with local fellow humanists, exchange news, and discuss topics of interest. Please email humanistsoxon+subscribe@googlegroups.com to join, or message humanistsoxon+owner@googlegroups.com for further information.

The webpage events calendar will be kept up to date with local events of interest: Skeptics in the Pub, Cafe Scientifique, Interesting Talks, etc, and will post a link to this on the mailing list to keep everyone aware. And if anyone is aware of activities of interest to us all, please post details directly to the mailing list, or email me and I will add it to the calendar, send to the list, and post on social media. This is also a way for any of us to notify friends and former group members of any social outings, parties or charity work we plan to do, so we can, hopefully, meet up with local fellow humanists and share our thoughts and views.

Humanism

As humanists, we make sense of the world using reason, experience, and shared human values.

  • We regard religions, and their doctrines and rituals, as human inventions, so tend to be atheist or agnostic.
  • 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.

For a fuller understanding of Humanism, check out Stephen Law’s blog ‘What is Humanism‘.

Or have a look at Humanists UK (HUK)’s short video series ‘That’s Humanism’ for a good overview

Definition Humanism

Secularism

(definition from the National Secular Society)

The principles of secularism which protect and underpin many of the freedoms we enjoy are:

  1. Separation of religious institutions from state institutions and a public sphere where religion may participate, but not dominate.
  2. Freedom to practice one’s faith or belief without harming others, or to change it or not have one, according to one’s own conscience.
  3. Equality so that our religious beliefs or lack of them doesn’t put any of us at an advantage or a disadvantage.
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Both the NSS and Humanists UK carry out campaigns in support of these rights :

  • Nobody should be disadvantaged or privileged because of their beliefs, gender or sexual orientation
  • Anti-discrimination legislation must be applied universally without exception
  • Freedom of speech should not be restricted by religious considerations
  • Publicly funded schools should teach ALL religions, and  explain the universe using science
  • Religious organisations should not use state-funded services to promote their own agenda
  • “Religious freedom” should not be used as a justification for cruelty; we support compassion in farming and animal management

If you agree with these principles and values, please consider joining either, or both, of these national groups to support their work.