Atheists of Great Britain and Ireland


Atheists of Great Britain and Ireland

For those wishing to discuss the desecularisation of services and politicisation of religion in the UK.

Location: UK
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Latest Activity: May 12, 2014

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What does CofE mean?

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden May 3, 2014. 0 Replies

When I was age 17 and applying to Oxford University, I answered the question "What is your religion?" by writing CofE. No-one at the interviews asked me what this meant.  All the Oxford Colleges were run by Christians. To me, it meant "Critic of the Establishment", i.e the established church.  This was January 1953. Continue

Alfred Russel Wallace: The contemporary who pre-empted Darwin

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden Feb 18, 2013. 0 Replies

Professor Steve Jones wrote for the London Daily Telegraph recently this splendid short biography of Alfred Russel Wallace and his major contributions to 19th century science.Fourteen years younger, Alfred Russel Wallace discovered the ideas of natural evolution in the 1850s which Charles Darwin had been working on for thirty years. Alfred Russel Wallace was an immensely clever man. This short biography is well worth reading; so please read on . . . Alfred Russel Wallace, the man who pre-empted January 8, 1823, Llanbadoc,Wales, GB    Died: November 7, 1913, Broadstone,…Continue

Tags: Wallace, Natural evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace

2011 Census of England and Wales: Christian numbers slump, Atheist numbers rise

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden Jan 31, 2013. 0 Replies

Referring to the BBC news bulletin of 30 January 2013---   ---the 2011 census revealed that the population of England and Wales identifying themselves as cultural christians has fallen by four million to 33.2 million in the past 10 years.In percentage terms the fall is from 72% to 59%.At the same time those professing to be atheist rose from 15 to 25%.There are 14.1 million people of no religion compared to 7.7 million a decade ago.That's the good news.The bad news is a rise in the number of Muslims, with the proportion of the population in 2011 standing at 4.8%, or 2.7 million (which is up 2% from 1.5 million in 2001), and a rise in the numbers of those with Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Sikh faiths. There are now 817,000 Hindus, a rise of 264,000 since 2001. The Jewish faith also rose by 3,000 over the last decade from 260,000 to 263,000.Continue

In small change this week I acquired a Charles Darwin £2 coin

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden. Last reply by Dr. Terence Meaden Dec 25, 2012. 5 Replies

I was delighted this week to receive a Charles Darwin £2 coin in my change when shopping.The coin was struck by the British Mint as a limited edition in 2009 to mark the bicentenary of Darwin's birth. It depicts a profiled head of the great man face to face with a chimpanzee. Although legal tender, the Darwin £2 coin is rarely found in small change: "Its rarity means that, in mint condition it is worth three or four times its face value. Even a used coin is worth double its tender value. The price acceleration means that it is well worth seeking out as an investment."  Another Darwin coin was issued in 22 carat gold. This is not in circulation although it, too, is legal tender. Most are in the hands of coin collectors.  Continue

Tax Religion in the UK! Sign the petition!

Started by Stuart M Rees. Last reply by Roger Ivan Hart Jun 5, 2012. 3 Replies

Sign the official government petitions:

British state schools and academies banned from teaching creationism

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden. Last reply by The Doubter Oct 17, 2011. 4 Replies

 The Education Secretary Michael Gove encouragingly declared last week that only scientific explanations for the origins of life and the cosmos can be taught in British state schools and academies.   Besides the tens of thousands of state schools and the hundreds of expensive fee-paying 'public' schools, the academy idea of free schools is being encouraged by the Conservative government (partly to save the government some of its taxpayers money).    Academies can be founded and supported by any group that is rich enough and yet also receive some state support. [It would be useful to have atheist groups backing a few such schools, seeing that most are religious schools].    More than 300 groups have applied to the Department of Education to launch free schools----like the Everyday Champions Church in Newark, Nottinghamshire, which has asked to teach creationism by pretending it is science.   The D of E, however, again emphasises that it "will not accept any academy or free school…Continue

Tags: creationism, academies, origins, evolution, schools

Tories to promote more 'faith' schools.

Started by John Bunyan. Last reply by lt_zippy2 May 9, 2011. 11 Replies

This post from the NSS website had me step back in shock. I always thought the tory party had at least a little more sense than to jump on the faith bandwagon. They just lost my vote in the next election. Any thoughts ?Link :

Tags: schools, faith, Tories

The Darwin set of postage stamps

Started by Dr. Terence Meaden Apr 29, 2011. 0 Replies

I thought that maybe it should be recorded here the set of postage stamps issued in Britain to recognise the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth in 2009.  Continue

Tags: Bicentenary of Darwin's birth

"Dancing of the Graves of Gods: How Science Kills Faith" by PZ Myers in London

Started by lt_zippy2 Apr 16, 2011. 0 Replies

PZ Myers is coming to London as a guest of Attheism UK.He will be giving a talk at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL entitled:"Dancing of the Graves of Gods: How Science Kills Faith"on 6th April 2011doors 6.30pmstart 7.00pmfinish 9.00pmTickets £8 or FREE to AtheismUK FULL members.

Looking for a co-host for a pod cast

Started by Virginia Rand. Last reply by Virginia Rand Apr 11, 2011. 32 Replies

Hey guys! I've been thinking of starting a podcast for a while now, but I've been very nervous to do it all on my lonesome. I've decided to go ahead with it, but I'd love to have a co-host to it with. Anyone interested?Continue

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Comment by Luke Hymas on September 8, 2009 at 5:07pm
Hi all i'm quite new at this. Just thought i'd say i saw a big bill board in Rainworth in NOTTS tonight which was laid out as a question from a questionnaire. The question highlighted in the poster read out as 'IS there a god?'. This was a multiple choice question and the answers you could pick in this hypothetical question were 1) Yes 2) No or even 3) which i don't quite remember as i was driving, but i think it was probably not.

It made me smile. Just thought i'd reveal something pretty cool for my first post here.
Comment by Tom on July 7, 2009 at 12:45pm
Any London atheists know of any discussion groups or meet-ups happening?
Comment by Alex Gibson on February 22, 2009 at 6:07pm
A good place to start are the lists of distinguished supporters on the BHA and NSS websites. Dr Evan Harris and Lord Avebury are probably your go-to guys for all things atheist and ethical in Parliament
Comment by Andrew on February 9, 2009 at 7:56am
alak, there are actually quite a few outspoken non-religious MPs and Lords, compiling an accurate list would be a substantial task. You might find this discussion useful:
Comment by alak on February 5, 2009 at 2:33pm
I am having a discussion with my friend and would like to know if anyone can tell me of how many (or evenn if there are any) Outspoken atheists currently sit in parlaiment
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on February 1, 2009 at 1:58pm
Here are some immediate events for the British including a splendid new television film this evening by atheist David attenborough:

Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (Sunday 1 February, 9 pm, BBC1 TV).
It's fascinating on every front, a clear survey of a huge expanse of science and not to be missed.
There's one sequence in David Attenborough's masterly cruise through the history of life where he explains the development of the eye in animals. With beautiful briskness it stifles the old canard that Darwin's theory of natural selection can't explain how an organ as complex and 'designed' as an eye could evolve. For this one-off, the great communicator brings a lifetime of experience to bear on the story of Darwin's work and what we have learnt since about evolution. What makes the programme so captivating is not just the gentle clarity of Attenborough's style but the fact that he makes the story so personal. He reminisces about his fossil-collecting childhood and, via clips from his many series, we see not just dazzling creatures but also the "evolution" of Attenborough himself, from bright-eyed enthusiast to grey-haired sage. (Radio Times preview).

Darwin's Struggle: The Evolution of the Origin of Species (BBC4 TV, Monday 2 February, 9 pm). For 20 years after his return from the Galapagos islands, Charles Darwin observed all manner of life around him in Kent, including his own children, testing his ideas about evolution. This fine documentary tells Darwin's moving story.

Darwin & The Darwinian Controversy. A talk by Prof A C Grayling at Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury, Wednesday 4 February 2009, 6.30pm. Full details. Booking form (pdf).
Comment by Alex Gibson on January 13, 2009 at 2:23am
Did anyone hear Jonathan Bartley on Thought For The Afternoon? Wouldn't it be lovely if all Christians were like those level-headed people of Ekklesia? I actually thought he gave a more forceful non-religious message than Ariane Sherine
Comment by Roger Ivan Hart on September 9, 2008 at 6:47am
By the way, Hi. I'm a newbie. I used to be a bright but decided the Brights were getting too pally with religious groups for my liking. Glad to see a group of people dedicating themselves to atheism.
Comment by Roger Ivan Hart on September 9, 2008 at 6:43am

So now Sikhs and Hindus are accusing the BBC of bias towards Muslims. Be nice if they wanted all biases to be eradicated but, of course, they'll want as much of a bias towards them as other religions. It would be a first step towards the separation of church and state if the BBC could be separated from religion.
Comment by Barry de la Rosa on August 21, 2008 at 10:25am
Anyone else going to the Skeptics in the Pub?

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