New Humanist

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New Humanist
New Humanist logo.svg
EditorDaniel Trilling
Assistant EditorSamira Shackle
CategoriesPolitics, rationalism
PublisherThe Rationalist Association
Year founded1885 (under the name Watts's Literary Guide)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon

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]


The New Humanist has been in print for 131 years; starting out life as Watts's Literary Guide, founded by C. A. Watts in November 1885.[4] It later became The Literary Guide and Rationalist Review (1894–1954), Humanist (1956–1971) and the New Humanist in 1972.[5]

Notable columnists have included Laurie Taylor,[6] Simon Hoggart[7] and Sally Feldman.[8]

In 2003 Hazhir Teimourian, a reviewer for the magazine, quit over a controversial cartoon depicting Christ slumped in the arms of the Virgin Mary.[9]

In 2005 Caspar Melville took over as managing editor of the magazine and CEO of the Rationalist Association.[10] Daniel Trilling assumed the position of Editor in 2013.[11]


  1. ^ "Ten reasons why you should read the relaunched New Humanist". Rationalist Association. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  2. ^ James Heartfield (28 October 2005). "Humanist Pupils: The Right Not To Pray". The Times Educational Supplement.
  3. ^ "An extremely brief history of New Humanist". Archived from the original on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  4. ^ Alex Johnson (9 February 2006). "Free speech no laughing matter in Britain". MSNBC.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Alvin. (1983). British Literary Magazines: The Augustan age and the age of Johnson, 1698-1788. Greenwood Press. p. 198
  6. ^ Phil Baty (9 September 2005). "Ignatieff Ducks Debate With Critics In Torture Row". The Times Higher Education Supplement.
  7. ^ "Political Pundit Heads to Flintshire". Daily Post. 2 April 2010.
  8. ^ Gavin Ross (13 September 2007). "Tom Cruises in all sizes No 3995". New Statesman.
  9. ^ Andrew Pierce (25 April 2003). "Religious cartoon draws the anger of atheist writer". The Times.
  10. ^ Caspar Melville (26 December 2009). "I've changed my mind about religion". Guardian Unlimited.
  11. ^ "Meet the team". Rationalist Association. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2013.

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