I also enjoyed Richard Norman's 'On Humanism'.Maria wrote:A new member has asked for a reading list on humanism:
Any other recommendations?
Also for more in depth reading try....
Corliss Lamont - 'The Philosophy of Humanism'.
Paul Kurtz (the founder of Secular Humanism) - 'Forbidden Fruit (The Ethics of Humanism)' and 'In Defense of Secular Humanism'.
Both published by Prometheus Books.
Phaedo wrote:'The Jesus Mysteries' by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy where they present a compelling scenario that the available evidence points to there having been no such person as Jesus. He was a fictional character created by the early church using previous versions of a mythical god-man deity common to a number of the polytheistic middle eastern religions of that era.
I approached this book with some trepidation – the man was a bishop after all, and apparently still describes himself as a Christian (though, having read this book, I’m guessing a very cultural one). But his explorations of the human search for meaning, the basis of morality and the challenges of facing death are conducted from a very humanist perspective. He’s not stridently anti-religious (in fact the book contains no discussion at all of the existence or otherwise of God), but he doesn’t hesitate to point out the errors religion leads people into. Not surprisingly for a man steeped in the traditions of the church you can sense a lingering fondness for Christian writings, but that’s something I, at least, can forgive him.
Overall, despite not overtly being so, this is one of the best promotions of positive side of the humanist approach to life I’ve read. An ideal gift for any religious friends who’ve not got the constitution for an unadulterated hit of Dawkins or Hitchens.
We were talking about Holloway at the Brights meeting in the pub last night because some had attended an event in Edinburgh last week where Holloway was 'in conversation with' Dawkins. One guy there opined that he found it quite hard to engage with Holloway because (as I understand it) he is so reasonable about everything. I haven't read anything of his yet, nor heard him speak but from where I'm sitting it does seem strange that he still calls himself a Christian.
As this new software lets me copy posts, I'll copy yours to the book thread in the Culture Club as well.