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R.E. Humanism

Your new topic in R.E. is Humanism. 

Does everyone believe in God/Gods?

Humanists do not believe in a god. They believe it is possible to live a good and fulfilling life without following a traditional religion.

They do not follow a holy book either. Instead, Humanists value traits like reason and rely on science to explain the way things are.

Humanists believe that people have one life to live - there is no afterlife. As a result they focus on being happy and making the most of their life. They also believe they have a duty to support others.

Please follow this link for lots more information about Humanism to support your learning:

Humanism: Influential Thinkers.

Use the diagram on the Lesson Presentation to see how world views can be split into religious, nonreligious
and views that contain elements of both. What can you remember about the different religions about the different religions? Make some notes before clicking on that religion to reveal some key facts.

Humanism: Read through and discuss, with someone at home, the information about secular humanism and atheism on the Lesson PowerPoint attached below.

Influential Thinkers: You will now be introduced to the names of some people who have influenced humanism through
a sorting and discussion task. Follow the PowerPoint for instructions. Use and the read the influential thinkers cards and then complete the differentiated Thinkers Keys Activity Sheets.

Use the table on Lesson Presentation to look at the key ideas from the four influential thinkers.  Look and make links between the ideas of the different thinkers. (Click to highlight the connections.)

Did they have ideas in common? Where there any differences? Do you agree with their ideas? Why? Why not?