New Humanist

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New Humanist
New Humanist.png
Editor Daniel Trilling
Categories Politics, rationalism
Publisher Rationalist Association
First issue 1885 (Under the name of 'Watts's Literary Guide')
Country United Kingdom,
Language English
Website Official site
ISSN 0306-512X

New Humanist is a quarterly[1] magazine, published by the Rationalist Association in the UK,[2] that focuses on culture, news, philosophy, and science from a sceptical perspective.[3] It has been in print for 125 years; starting out life as Watts's Literary Guide, founded by C. A. Watts in November 1885.[4]


Notable columnists have included Laurie Taylor,[5] Simon Hoggart[6] and Sally Feldman.[7]

In 2003 Hazhir Teimoutian, a reviewer for the magazine, quit over a controversial cartoon depicting Christ slumped in the arms of the Virgin Mary.[8]

In 2005 Caspar Melville took over as managing editor of the magazine and CEO of the Rationalist Association.[9] Daniel Trilling assumed the position of Editor in 2013.[10]

Prior to 1941, a different magazine with the same name, New Humanist, was the first periodical of the modern religious humanism movement in the United States of America and was in continuous publication from 1928 through to 1936. In 1933 it published the first Humanist Manifesto. After a hiatus of four years it was succeeded by The Humanist in 1941. Edwin H. Wilson, a Unitarian minister, was the editor of both.[11]


  1. ^ "Ten reasons why you should read the relaunched New Humanist". Rationalist Association. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ James Heartfield (October 28, 2005). "Humanist Pupils: The Right Not To Pray". The Times Educational Supplement. 
  3. ^ "An extremely brief history of New Humanist". Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Alex Johnson (February 9, 2006). "Free speech no laughing matter in Britain". 
  5. ^ Phil Baty (September 9, 2005). "Ignatieff Ducks Debate With Critics In Torture Row". The Times Higher Education Supplement. 
  6. ^ "POLITICAL PUNDIT HEADS TO FLINTSHIRE". Daily Post. April 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ Gavin Ross (September 13, 2007). "Tom Cruises in all sizes No 3995". New Statesman. 
  8. ^ Andrew Pierce (April 25, 2003). "Religious cartoon draws the anger of atheist writer". The Times. 
  9. ^ Caspar Melville (December 26, 2009). "I've changed my mind about religion". Guardian Unlimited. 
  10. ^ "Meet the team". Rationalist Association. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Edward Wilson". The Times. April 10, 1993. 

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