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.

Sun 16 JulyShelley Segal

An Audience with Shelley Segal, in The Winning Post, Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NZ. Doors open 7.00pm, pub open 12 noon - 11.00pm.

Gifted Australian singer songwriter and international touring artist, Shelley Segal will be performing at The Winning Post on July 16th prior to taking part in the International Conference on Free Expression and Conscience in London 22nd-23rd July.

TICKETS £5 in advance or on the door. Questions and advance payment to

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Mon 17 July

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

Tues 1 AugustThe Multiverse

The Multiverse - Are We Alone?, a talk by Andy Parkin.

Andy will provide a background to Cosmology and where scientists are at the moment, vis-à-vis concepts such as the Big Bang and Dark Matter. This will lead into the current ideas about possible multiple universes—the Multiverse.

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

Tues 5 SeptemberChris Renwick

The Grammar of Selection with Dr Chris Renwick, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of York.

With the government resurrecting the idea of selection in schools, grammar school-educated Chris Renwick asks whether our understanding of social mobility is all it is cracked up to be. He explores – and often explodes – many of the myths surrounding the benefits of social mobility and the role it plays in the creation of a good and fair society. In tracing the intellectual roots of the debate, Dr Renwick not only provides a reality check on the place of social mobility in progressive politics but also on the popular misconceptions of what actually happened during the so-called ‘golden age’ of social mobility.

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

Wed 6 September

Book Club Meeting - The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind by Richard Wiseman. 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.

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.

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.