1.18 Why secularism? (Part 2) - Viewpoints


This resource covers a wide range of political and philosophical figures and their views on secularism. Through this resource students will gain an understanding of the diversity of secularist thought and stimulate the formation of their own viewpoints.


Politics | Religion & Belief Education | Citizenship | SMSC | Philosophy

Key questions

  • Who is a secularist?
  • Why do people support or oppose secularism?
  • Where does secularism come from?

Learning outcomes


Students should demonstrate they can:

  • Understand, compare and contrast a range of viewpoints on secularism.


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

  • Critically reflect on a range of viewpoints on secularism.
  • Extrapolate from the source viewpoints why the range of authors might support or oppose forms of secularism.

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