The ethics of humanism is "forbidden fruit" because it is knowledge of good and evil without God as a grounding principle. If "God is dead," does this mean that "anything goes"? By no means, argues Kurtz; an even more adequate ethics can be postulated when one recognizes fully that "human beings are autonomous, that we are responsible for our own destinies and those of our fellow human beings." In this wide-ranging survey and critique of theistic morality and of ethics in general, Kurtz discusses such contemporary issues as the right to life and health care, animal rights, sexual/reproductive freedom, and "being in the universe without God." For public and academic libraries. Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, D.C.
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"An appropriate challenge to current trends in religion and politics."
"The basic message of this book is that secular humanism is reasonable because it does not involve any superstitions; it is practicable because it coincides with common decency; and it promotes harmony because it does not divide society into pure us and evil them.
"Kurtz's arguments are so cogent, his definitions so clear, and his examples so close to everyday life, that this book could be used as a textbook in introductory ethics courses wherever state and church are separate."
- Mario Bunge, FRSC, Frothingham Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Wow if being incredibly sexist and ignoring social problems is what makes a secular humanist, count me out. Read morePublished 9 months ago by GMSorceressRose
Wonderful book. I am a MD, working always FOR life. Paul* made me clear the actual meaning of that word, much more than a word the only and great reason of being. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Carlos Oliveras
I consider Paul Kurtz one of the great philosophers of history. He not only philosophized with an excellent mind, but he worked to improve humanity, with tireless organizational... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Donald Kemerling
I'm halfway through the book and treasure it already. In simple, direct language it offers a reassuring and even comforting rationale for leading an ethical life without benefit... Read morePublished on November 25, 2012 by F. Murphy
If Kurtz is really the "leading secular humanist philosopher" as the back cover proclaims, then secular humanists are in trouble. Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by Amazon Customer
As the old saw goes: It's easier to toss grenades than it is to catch them. In other words, it's easier to attack something than it is to posit a defensible alternative. Read morePublished on July 1, 2007 by Ronald Morales