Humanism: Beliefs and Practices

Humanism: Beliefs and Practices

By: Jeaneane D. Fowler (author)Paperback

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An introduction to Humanism.

About Author

Jeaneane Fowler was formerly Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Newport, and later an Honorary Research Fellow. Her publications include Hinduism: Beliefs and Practices (Choice Outstanding Title, 1997); with books in the same series on Humanism, Chinese Religions, Tai Chi, Nichiren Daishonin: Buddhism in Wales, and books on the Philosophy of Hinduism and the Philosophy of Taoism; and a text and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita.


Contents: Introduction; What is Humanism?; The complexities of the term "Humanism"; A working definition; The history of the humanist tradition; The Renaissance; The Enlightenment; Humanism today; The modern Humanist movement; Freethinkers; Ethical societies; The British and American Humanist associations; Literature; Humanist organisations; Is Humanism a religion?; The Human Being; The Christian view of the human being; The value of life; Death; The existential life-condition; Humanity; Human potential; The nature of the self; Spirituality; Individuality; The Case against Religion: The Rejection of God; Atheism; Agnosticism; Pascal's Wager; Theism and deism; The Bible; God; Theodicy; Free will; Can it be proved that God exists?; Cosmological arguments for the existence of God; The arguments to design; The ontological argument; Rejection of an afterlife; The Case against Religion: The Rejection of Faith; What is religion?; Why do humans need religion?; Adverse effects of religion; Belief; Faith; The Christian faith; The problematic gospels; The Jesus legend; Paul of Tarsus; The charismatic phenomenon; Society; Modern society; Freedom; Equality; Is the concept of equality rational?; Equality of the sexes; Education; The Humanist society; The "Good Life": the Humanist vision; for all individuals; Morality; Ethics; The nature of morality; Good; Values; Morality as an evolutionary process; Religious morality; A universal ethic?; Humanist ethics; Moral autonomy; Rationalism and Reason; Intelligent living; Rationalism and reason; Rationalism; Reason; Reason versus faith; Science; Pseudo-science and the paranormal; Some Life and Death Issues; Genetics; Birth; Death; Abortion; Euthanasia; The Humanist response; Rites and Ceremonies; Birth; Initiation; Marriage; Death; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781898723707
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 348
  • ID: 9781898723707
  • ISBN10: 1898723702

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