The results of British Social Attitudes Survey figures for 2017, show a continuing swing to no religion from Christianity. In particular, the Church of England is now at a record low, especially among young people – where just 2% of those aged 18-24 (the youngest category) say they belong to the CofE.
Across all age groups, the figures stand at 52% saying they belong to no religion, 14% Church of England, 8% Roman Catholic, 18% other Christian, and 8% non-Christian faiths.
If the Humanist non-religious view on morals and other issues etc is to be taken seriously in society along with existing influential religious beliefs, it’s important for Humanist groups to increase their membership substantially.
During recent times the government is increasingly encouraging religious communities to contribute on matters of policy etc, even though the majority of the UK are not practicing religion, which threatens the unique secular nature of British society.
Are you concerned about-
- the rise of religious fundamentalism?
- the growing influence of religious groups in politics?
- the segregation of children in religious and sectarian schools?
You can help do something about it and get your voice heard by-
- Adding your support to Humanists UK by joining and/or making donation(s). Humanists UK is committed to secularism, human rights, democracy, equality and mutual respect. It works for an open and inclusive society with freedom of belief and speech, and for an end to the privileged position of religion in law, education, broadcasting and wherever else it occurs.
- Joining us at the Cardiff Humanist Group. As well as providing a regular meeting place for local Humanists to discuss and debate topical issues, one of the functions of the group is to support the campaigns of Humanists UK in the Cardiff area. Therefore the group encourages members to have active roles locally.
hu·man·ist, [hyoo-muh-nist or, often, yoo-] –noun
a person having a strong interest in or concern for human welfare, values, and dignity.
Some thought provoking questions we would lke to hear your views on…
- What sort of lives should atheists live?
- What does ethics look like without religion?
- What is the relationship between science and religion?
- What is the relationship between religion and ethics?
At a time when the achievements of the enlightenment are questioned, ridiculed, misunderstood and traduced by those who would reverse the progress of mankind, it is essential to nail one’s colours to the mast as a humanist.Stephen Fry
For me, that is not a turning away from mystery or a cold rational dispute with the numinous and spiritual in life, it is an acceptance of the awesome and splendid responsibility we each have for our own destinies, ethics and morals. I repudiate the authority of churches, revealed texts and vain unsubstantiated assertions and embrace the shared glories of humanity’s intellectual and spiritual struggle to understand the universe into which we are born with honesty, openness and faith in our own natures.
I arrived at my beliefs, as everybody should, by examining evidence… Something that has traditionally aroused religious feeling in people, the sense of wonder, is aroused in me by the contemplation of the world and the universe… I know I’m going to die eventually, and die forever. But before I do, I mean to use my brain to the greatest possible extent to understand why I was born….Professor Richard Dawkins FRS FRSL, retired from Oxford University in 2008 and remains a writer and public figure.
If you have written a letter to the local press recently e.g. The Western Mail defending a Humanistic outlook we will offer the best letter free membership for one year to Cardiff Humanists. That is free membership to Cardiff Humanists!! So get writing and don’t forget to let us know.
If you’d like to know more, would be interested in being a speaker, or need someone to speak about Humanism please contact-
Mobile: 07831 544 602
(Please leave a message if not answered, David will reply ASAP, thank you).
Website updated July 2022.