Alternatives to Religion

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Explore the History of Secualrism, Humanism and Freethought!

After 18 months the Alternatives to Religion cataloguing project reaches its conclusion this week. The project has unearthed the histories of three influential non-theistic organisations, making their archives freely accessible for the first time. The archives are:

- British Humanist Association, 1888-2009, (available at Bishopsgate Institute)

- Conway Hall Ethical Society, 1685-2014, (available at Conway Hall)

- National Secular Society, 1831-2002, (available at Conway Hall)

It’s been great sharing interesting items from the archives with you on this Tumblr, and I hope the blog has encouraged you to find out more about secularism, humanism, freethought and all the organisations involved.

But before I go, here’s one final image from the collections…

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[Project Archivist signing off].

The official launch of the Alternatives to Religion Project will take place as part of Open House London at Conway Hall on the weekend of 20-21 September 2014.

Image © British Humanist Association

Bishopsgate Library and Archives reference: BHA/1/15/8

Filed under freethought atheism secularism humanism Ethical Movement ethics archives

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"A centenary of trying to make people think"

In 1966 the National Secular Society celebrated 100 years of campaigning for the separation of religion and state. In the run-up to the anniversary they received numerous warm, funny and thought-provoking letters of support from the most influential figures of the day. Here are some of the best:

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Image © National Secular Society

Humanist Library and Archives reference: NSS/6/3

Filed under freethought atheism secualrism campaign Protest Religion education michael foot harold pinter bertrand russell george melly humanism politics