1.07 How do secularists think about decisions? (Part 2) – The Lemon test


This resource uses the example of the "Lemon test" (an American legal principle) to further explore the basics of secularist decision making. The stimulus provides the history and basic principles of the Lemon test, along with theoretical examples. The exercise invites discussion and reflection on these examples of secularist reasoning.

The resource can be used alongside or instead of 1.06 to prime students to consider implications of secularist reasoning in 1.08.


Politics | Religion & Belief Education | Citizenship SMSC | Philosophy

Key questions

  • How do secularists think about decisions?

Learning outcomes


Students should demonstrate they can:

  • Understand how secularists think about decisions which affect the rights of others.
  • Reflect on how this process of thinking about decisions impacts on a range of simplistic examples involving religion and the rights of others.
  • Compare and contrast this approach to their own and others.


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

  • Extrapolate how this process of secularist thinking about decisions would impact views on a range of social issues involving religion and the rights of others.

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