From Library Journal
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