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HAT Forum - "Humanism and Community"

  • The 519, Rm 303 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

Richard Dawkins, in a 2012 debate with Rabbi Jonathon Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, said:

38 min.     “I  think it's arguable that in the post religious age which I look forward to we're going to need to put in place some sort of substitute for the sense of community which religions over centuries of history have put in place.”

The debate is available on YouTube at

  1. How can we replace or adapt the complexity of social activities offered by religious institutions?
  2. What are the identifiable features of community, previously provided by religion, that societies should develop in the post religious age?
  3. What non-religious customs, activities etc. have we already developed that could be expanded or embraced more fully?
  4. Should we be building centres and providing social, intellectual and recreational activities, events etc. for humanists?
  5. Should humanists ever dare to direct the thoughts, minds and conclusions of the community?