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"a lively, intellectually stimulating collection in support of rationalism and humanism and in opposition to ignorance and despair..." -- Free Inquiry, Summer 2003

About the Author

Norm R. Allen Jr. (Amherst, NY) is executive director of African Americans for Humanism, a contributing editor to Free Inquiry magazine, and the editor of African American Humanism: An Anthology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573929670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573929677
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,286,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael J. Strode on July 1, 2011
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To be curious and black is not to be anomalous any longer. No. This was an intriguing assemblage of tales of the journey from a spectrum of belief through various stages of agnosticism, atheism, and humanism. I am fortunate enough to have a group of individuals in Chicago with whom I gather where we may discuss all of the various aspects of freethought that occur amongst us and how we might use these aspects to improve upon the world and the city around us. The most exciting part of our coming together I found was in the telling of the story of the journey that each of us undertook to reach our present circumstance.

Read this book if you have questions. See the process of personal analysis and critical thinking at work. Allow yourself to give into the curious if for but a moment and you will find yourself expanded beyond measure. But don't stop at religion. Question social hierarchies, class structure, individual relationships, workplace conditions, and allow your questions to lead you through to a new understanding of humanity. If we are to be skeptics, we must not only be skeptical of religion or government, we must allow our skepticism to pervade in the truest sense, every aspect of our human lives.
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I am almost done reading (have about 4 essays to go). I was looking for a book that gave a different, black perspective on approaching humanism. This book is full of personal stories and arguments against religion. Some of them are not fully articulated in my opinion, but part of that is due to the nebulous state of mind that the 'search' puts you in. The author ends the book with his own essay, the best in the book which I did think was full of clarity and reason.
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I only became aware of t his book while researching the availability of Mr. Allen's earlier book -- "African-American Humanism." It seemed only natural that I order this one too.
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