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The Black Humanist Experience: An Alternative to Religion Paperback – November 1, 2002
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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. is a writer and secular humanist activist. On August 31, 1989, Allen founded African Americans for Humanism, the first organization focused on the promotion of humanism and humanist ideals among people of African descent. He was the executive director of the organization from 1991 to 2010 as well as editor of its quarterly, the AAH Examiner. He also edited African American Humanism: An Anthology (1991) and The Black Humanist Experience: An Alternative to Religion (2003). Allen views secular humanism, a human-centered approach to living drawing upon reason, science, and secular ideals and guided by empathy and compassion, as particularly relevant for African Americans because in the narrative of American history black freethinkers have largely been ignored.
In 1995 Allen wrote a major statement in defense of evolution and against creationism and “intelligent design” for Voices for Evolution, a publication of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). AAH was the only black organization to participate in this project.
Since 1997 Allen has appeared on a number of nationally televised programs including the O'Reilly Factor, BBC News, and C-Span. He has also been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) and in other media outlets.
Allen is currently the secretary of the Institute for Science and Human Values and editor of the Institute’s journal, The Human Prospect. He also writes a regular column titled "Reasonings" for the Institute’s website. Allen is at work on his third book, Secular, Successful and Black, and continues to write numerous articles while traveling the world promoting secular humanism and skepticism.
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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.