What is the Rationalist Association?

A 125-year-old charity dedicated to reason, science and secularism. Watch the video below and hear our story.

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  • Jonathan Miller

    Over the past century Rationalist Association members and supporters have included Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, Sigmund Freud and Barbara Wootton. Current members include Philip Pullman, David Aaronovitch, Claire Tomalin, Colin Blakemore and Iain Banks. Our current President is Sir Jonathan Miller, pictured here at a special members event in London, October 2012 (photo Des Willie).

  • Teacher and pupil in Mustard Seed secular school in Uganda

    The RA is a community of more than 5,000 members, who value reason and science and take action to defend their values. Our community participates in rigorous debate and discussion, campaigns on behalf of rationalists under threat across the world and fundraises for secular causes, like the Mustard Seed School in rural Uganda, pictured, for which RA members have raised more than £80,000.

  • Brian Cox at Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People

    As well as joining our community and supporting our campaigning, members get a subscription to New Humanist magazine (plus FREE app), full online access and free and priority tickets to all our events, like our annual Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People benefit shows, which have featured Ricky Gervais, Dara O'Briain, Richard Dawkins, Jarvis Cocker and Brian Cox (pictured).

What we do

  • We produce the very best writing on current affairs, faith and belief, politics, philosophy, science and the arts from a sceptical perspective.
  • We advocate reason and the scientific method.
  • We promote evidence-based debate and human-centred ethics through publishing and broadcasting.
  • We publish a print magazine (New Humanist), a daily website, and regular podcasts.
  • We organise events, showcasing the best secular argument and debate.
  • We campaign on behalf of rationalists and atheists worldwide.
  • We raise funds for secular schools in Uganda.
  • We represent rationalist and humanist values in the media and at events.
Iain Banks

« Given the company it's an honour to be a member of the Rationalist Association. New Humanist is my favourite magazine, too. »

Iain Banks, novelist

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The Rationalist Association is independent, irreverent & non-profit. We are supported by our members.