North Yorkshire Humanists

For the one life we have


The Evil God Challenge

The Evil God Challenge: Watch this video where philosopher Stephen Law asks: Why is belief in a good God much more reasonable than belief in an evil God? If belief in an evil God is absurd, then why isn't belief in a good God?

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What is Humanism?

Humanists are atheists and agnostics who make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment. We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.

Can you be good without God?

Our Young Humanist Essay Competition this year was on the topic, Does Religion Have a Future?. First prizes were awarded to Amy Pointon (under 15) and John Dalrymple (15 - 19). You can read their winning entries here and here.

Mon 18 September

Philosophy Club Meeting - Artificial Intelligence. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 3 October

No meeting

Sat 7 October Richard Wiseman

Photo credit: Brian Fischbacher

Our Fifth Annual Lecture: "The Luck Factor" with Professor Richard Wiseman.

Why do some people lead happy successful lives whilst others face repeated failure and sadness? Why are some people always in the right place at the right time, while others are always unlucky? For many years psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has worked with some of the world's luckiest and unluckiest people to answer these fascinating questions. Discover the results of his work and find out how The Luck Factor can change your life.

7.30pm in The De Grey Lecture Theatre, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York YO31 7EX.

Tickets are £5 each, available at our events or from

Richard Wiseman is an experimental psychologist and the author of best-selling books such as Quirkology and 59 Seconds, and his YouTube channels are some of the most watched channels in the UK.

Mon 30 October

Philosophy Club Meeting - Children’s Rights. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 7 November

On the Historicity of Jesus Christ with Colin Taylor.

Who was Jesus? What do we really know about him? Historians in the US such as Earl Doherty and Richard Carrier have indicated that Jesus never existed as a real person and is a character of mythology. Dangerous stuff! Colin Taylor investigates.

Wed 15 November

Book Club Meeting - East West Street by Philippe Sands. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Mon 4 December

Philosophy Club Meeting - Gender. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 5 DecemberJeremy Rodell

Britain's Changing Religion and Belief Landscape with Jeremy Rodell, Dialogue Officer, Humanists UK.

We're currently living through what has been referred to as the biggest change in the religion and belief landscape in Britain since the Reformation, 500 years ago. But what's really going on? What are the facts? And how can humanists respond?

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.