North Yorkshire Humanists

For the one life we have

Home

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?

NYHG on Facebook NYHG on Meetup NYHG on Twitter

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, Can you be good without God?. First prize was awarded to Nathan Jeffs. You can read his winning entry here.

Mon 16 January

Philosophy Club Meeting - The ideas of the economist Adam Smith. 7.30pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 7 FebruarySimon Blackburn

On not being an atheist: Hobbes and Hume.

Each of Thomas Hobbes and David Hume mounted devastating attacks on the credibility of religious doctrines. Each was well-known as an infidel. But neither of them accepted the label of "atheist". In my talk I discuss why, and commend the wisdom of their respective positions.

Simon Blackburn is an academic philosopher known for his work in metaethics and in the philosophy of language. He is the author of many books, the most recent being "Mirror, Mirror".

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

Mon 27 February

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

Wed 1 March

Book Club Meeting - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, finishing off the discussion of January 11th. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 7 MarchJay Harman

Segregation, Segregation, Segregation: Government policy on faith school admissions, with Jay Harman, British Humanist Association Campaigns Officer (Faith Schools and Education).

The principle of integrated education is under attack like never before in this country following the Government’s recent announcement that it will introduce a new generation of state faith schools that can religiously discriminate against children in allocating all of their places. Speaking against the move and against faith-based admissions criteria more generally, BHA Faith Schools and Education Campaigner Jay Harman will explain how, in making the announcement, the Government has ignored the experts, misrepresented the evidence, bowed to the will of the religious lobby, and disregarded the rights and better interests not only of children and their parents, but of our society as a whole.

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

Mon 3 April

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

Wed 3 May

Book Club Meeting - Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Click to go to the BHA web site

To contact us, ring our secretary, Charles Anderson, on 01904 339107, or email secretary@nyhg.org.uk