Humanism is basically a belief in humanity. As such it is not incompatible with religious faith. Some people call themselves Christian humanists, in that they believe that the main purpose of Christian faith is the betterment of humanity. However, the word usually refers to a belief in humanity rather than God as the supreme value. There are humanist organisations and groups that exist for the purpose of resisting the power of religion in education and society generally, and/or providing resources for non-religious rites of passage, especially funerals.


The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.