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Humanism is a non-religious and values-based worldview. Humanists aim to promote reason and science, free thought and free speech, tolerance and understanding, kindness and compassion. Humanistically Speaking, launched in the UK in 2020, is an online magazine for humanists, atheists, rationalists, agnostics, sceptics, and everyone who wants to make the world a better place through human effort and endeavour. We are an independent monthly publication but we see ourselves as very much part of the global humanist community. In January 2023, we said a fond farewell to our PDF format and went fully digital. You can now comment on our articles - just sign up using the 'log in' tab top right. Thanks for visiting!

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This Month's Issue


Welcome to the January issue of Humanistically Speaking and our brand new format. At our annual conference in July, we made the decision to move with the times by saying a fond farewell to our PDF format and re-launching our humanist magazine as a fully digital offering. It's early days and we're still learning. But we hope you like our new style. Whether you do, or not, we always love to hear from you so do drop me a line at and tell me what you think.


2022 has been a terrible year in many respects: the stabbing of Sir Salman Rushdie, the 24-year prison term handed down to Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, and the brutal invasion of Ukraine to mention just three events which have scarred the year. How can humanists sustain any optimism about the common future of humanity? A year ago, Henri Ruff gave a talk to Dorset Humanists about 'the Common Good'. We thought it would be a good idea to explore this topic as we head into the uncharted waters of 2023.


Humanism has always aspired to a world in which 'the Common Good' can be realised for the benefit of everyone. But it's an elusive concept. Our editors and writers have put their thinking caps on and tackled it from a rich variety of angles. We're particularly honoured this month to welcome Emeritus Professor Richard Norman, a patron of Humanists UK, as one of our contributors.


So sit back, relax, and enjoy this month's great content brought to you by our dedicated team of volunteers.  This months magazine can be accessed by pressing the image on the right.

​​​​​​​​​​David Brittain

Founding Editor

​You can access our previous magazines produced in pdf format from Jan 2020  to the end of 2022 by visiting the Previous Issues tab on the website.  Last month's issue can be accessed by pressing the image of the front page on the side bar on this page to the right. 

Last Month's Issue

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