Living without God

This book explores living without God, which is what millions of people in Britain do every day. In it we refer to these people as ‘non-religious’. Many of the terms used in this area are slightly awkward as some non-religious people don’t like to be referred to using a term like ‘atheist’, and don’t consider it a word that defines a way of life or worldview. We have given specific examples of practice focusing particularly on Humanists, but also use examples of people who would not categorise themselves as Humanists.

The study of non-religious people often differs from the study of religions. It’s a worldview without a holy text or founding figure, with no religious festivals, compulsory rituals, places or objects of worship, prayers, hymns or structures of authority. Teaching about non-religious people means it’s important to look at philosophical questions. Some people take their non-religious views further and identify as Humanists. Many non-religious people consider their beliefs to be ‘lived beliefs’, affecting the way they live their life.

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