Episode 43: Humanist Heritage, with Maddy Goodall


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In this episode, we’re joined by Maddy Goodall, the Humanist Heritage Coordinator for Humanists UK. We talk about her current project outlining the century plus history of humanism in the UK. What follows is a surprising tale of political activism, liberation for women, and the unexpected humanist roots of everyday symbols and objects hiding in plain view. We also ask Maddy whether a “true humanist” can eat meat or believe in aliens.

In the bonus section, available exclusively to supporters on Patreon, we ask Maddy to dish the dirt on some of her least favorite humanists.

Humanist Heritage Project: https://heritage.humanists.uk/

Humanist history in objects: https://heritage.humanists.uk/objects/

How Humanist Are You? Quiz: https://humanists.uk/humanism/how-humanist-are-you/

Check out Maddy’s articles:

“Morality Without Religion: The Story of Humanism”


“The Forgotten Women of Humanist History”: ​​https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/5792/the-forgotten-women-of-humanist-history

“On the Trail of Humanism’s Hidden Women”:​​


“American Architects of the UK Humanist Movement”:


Check out Nathan’s book (which was not so subtly plugged at various points in the episode): https://nyupress.org/9781479835003/race-in-a-godless-world/

Follow Nathan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NathGAlexander

Nathan’s website: https://www.nathangalexander.com/

If you find the podcast valuable and want to support it, check out our Patreon page, where you will also find bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/beyond_atheism We are grateful for every contribution.

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