1.03 Viewpoints on religion and secularism (part 1) – Religion and me


This can build on a primer or serve as the basis for an exploration of secularism and secularist views on religion and society. The stimulus involves six viewpoints on religion and society, along with an explanation of why they might be considered secularist or not. The exercise invites discussion on the range of views, and students' own views.

Resource 1.03 and 1.04 are very similar – though 1.04 focuses on wider social aspects. They can be combined or used interchangeably.


Politics | Religion & Belief Education | Citizenship | SMSC

Key questions

  • What is secularism?
  • Who is a secularist?
  • How do secularists think about religion?

Learning outcomes


Students should demonstrate they can:

  • Understand a range of viewpoints related to secularism, drawing on basic principles.
  • Express a viewpoint, compared and contrasted with the examples.


In addition to the basic learning outcomes, students should demonstrate they can:

  • Critically reflect on a range of viewpoints related to secularism, drawing on basic principles and outside knowledge.
  • Extrapolate how a range of viewpoints related to secularism might impact views on wider social issues.

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