Jim Herrick (born 1944) is a British Humanist and secularist. He studied history and English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge University, and then worked as a school teacher for seven years. He has written or edited several books on humanism or the history of freethought.

Herrick is a trustee of the Rationalist Association [1] and was editor of its journal New Humanist for 18 years from 1984. He subsequently became literary editor of New Humanist until his retirement in 2005. He was the recipient of the second International Rationalist Award in the year 2002 [2].

He was editor of International Humanist News, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). In 1996 he received the Distinguished Humanist Service Award from the IHEU. He was a signatory to Humanist Manifesto II.

From January 1977 until 1981, Herrick edited The Freethinker. He later wrote that publication's centenary history. He was a founder member of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.

Herrick stepped down as a vice-president of the National Secular Society at the 2007 AGM [3] but remains on the Council of Management.


  • Vision and Realism: A Hundred Years of The Freethinker. (1982). London: GW Foote & Co. ISBN 0-9508243-0-5
  • Selected articles for New Humanist available here:


  3. See NSS Bulletin, Issue 38, Spring 2008, p.3,

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