Is life meaningful without religion? Can one be moral and not believe in God? While many Americans believe that God is necessary to secure moral order, Paul Kurtz argues that it is quite possible for rationalists and freethinkers to lead exemplary lives. Embracing the Power of Humanism is a collection of essays organized into five parts: "The Exuberant Life," "Independence," "Altruism," "Humanism," and "Ethical Truth" throughout which Kurtz provides nonbelievers with ethical guidelines and encourages all individuals to take personal responsibility for moral excellence.
Paul Kurtz is professor of philosophy, emeritus, at SUNY, Buffalo. Known as the "Father of Secular Humanism," Dr. Kurtz is editor-in-chief of the magazine Free Inquiry and a member of the editorial board of the Skeptical Inquirer.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Biographical Information Part 3 The Exuberant Life Chapter 4 What is Happiness? Chapter 5 Bursting at the Seams Chapter 6 The Bountiful Joys Chapter 7 The Meaning of Life Chapter 8 The Fullness of Life Chapter 9 The Ethics of Excellence Chapter 10 Meaning and Transcedence Chapter 11 The Human Condition Part 12 Independence Chapter 13 Power Chapter 14 Courage Chapter 15 Libertarianism and Moral Freedom Part 16 Altruism Chapter 17 Love and Friendship Chapter 18 The Beloved Cause Chapter 19 An Ethic of Responsibility Chapter 20 The Common Moral Decencies Chapter 21 Caring Part 22 Humanism Chapter 23 Humanism as Eupraxsophy Part 24 Ethical Truth Chapter 25 Skepticism and Ethical Inquiry Part 26 Afterthought: Surviving Bypass and Enjoying the Exuberant Life