Theme 1

What is secularism? How do secularists and their critics address freedom of and from religion?

The Core Principles Resource Pack features nineteen original resources, presentations, exercises and stimuli for students to explore secularism's basic political philosophy of separation, freedom and equality. Through real world examples, different viewpoints and thought experiments, students will understand, apply, contrast and critique secularist reasoning.

They'll form their own opinions and understand others' on what secularism is, where it comes from and why it is supported or opposed. Students will explore how religious privilege, tolerance and discrimination affect our lives and the decisions we make.

  • What is secularism?
  • Is secularism a religion?
  • Is secularism a form of atheism, agnosticism or humanism?
  • Who is a secularist?
  • How do secularists think about religion?
  • How do secularists think about decisions?
  • Why do people support or oppose secularism?
  • Where does secularism come from?
  • What different types of secularism are there?
  • What are religious privilege, tolerance and discrimination?

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Further Resources

1.01 What is secularism (Part 1) - Presentation

This resource can be used either as a primer for a wider exploration of secularism...

1.02 What is secularism? (Part 2) – Introduction

This resource can be used either as a standalone overview of secularism or as...

1.15 Different types of secularism (part 3) –The Secular Charter

This resource is aimed at older students who have already explored different approaches...

1.16 Where does secularism come from?

This is a standalone resource that can be used as a primer for a wider exploration...

1.17 Why secularism? (Part 1) – Competing concepts

This resource is aimed at older (KS5) students, though is accessible for younger...

1.18 Why secularism? (Part 2) - Viewpoints

This resource covers a wide range of political and philosophical figures and their...

1.19 Glossary

This resource makes use of the glossary to explore a basic understanding of key...