Humanists UK event: The Awakening – Humanism and the Age of Reason

Online event: 27 November, 7.30 – 8.30pm.

Join Humanists UK for their first ever fully online event! Wherever you are, join on Zoom for The Awakening: Humanism and the Age of Reason, with historian Charles Freeman and journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed.

In recent years, a succession of authors have tried to mount a case for the Christian heritage of the West. Sometimes they argue that Christianity is the fount of all that is good in this world, or for the supremacy of Christian values over all others today. But do these partial accounts of history, starting just 2,000 years ago, miss the real story of human thought and achievement until now?

In The Awakening, Charles Freeman starts earlier – much earlier – in the history of the West, and charts how the refashioning of this history has shaped the world we live in and our understanding of our values. In this account of history, no religion or social movement can take credit for all of human achievement. Instead, the story presents as one of continuous learning, experimentation, and discovery, carried aloft through the ages, and spreading like never before with the development of new technologies, from the Middle Ages until now.

Join on Zoom for a stimulating discussion of how the torch of Enlightenment first was lit, and why a better understanding of our past may be the secret to shaping humanity’s future.

You can find more about this event and book tickets (£5) here.