Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 27, 2011

byStephen Law

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Religion is currently gaining a much higher profile. The number of faith schools is increasing, and religious points of view are being aired more frequently in the media. As religion's profile rises, those who reject religion, including humanists, often find themselves misunderstood, andoccasionally misrepresented. Stephen Law explores how humanism uses science and reason to make sense of the world, looking at how it encourages individual moral responsibility and shows that life can have meaning without religion. Challenging some of the common misconceptions, he seeks to dispute the claims that atheism andhumanism are 'faith positions' and that without God there can be no morality and our lives are left without purpose. Looking at the history of humanism and its development as a philosophical alternative, he examines the arguments for and against the existence of God, and explores the role humanism plays in moral and secular societies, as well as in moral and religious education. Using humanism to determine themeaning of life, he shows that there is a positive alternative to traditional religious belief.

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Religion is currently gaining a much higher profile. The number of faith schools is increasing, and religious points of view are being aired more frequently in the media. As religion's profile rises, those who reject religion, including humanists, often find themselves misunderstood, andoccasionally misrepresented. Stephen Law explores...

Stephen Law is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He has written many books including several popular philosophy titles including The Philosophy Gym (Headline, 2003), Companion Guide to Philosophy (Dorling Kindersley, 2007), and Greatest Philosophers (Quercus, 2008). He is also the Editor of THI...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.07 inPublished:February 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The history of humanism2. Arguments for the existence of God3. An argument against the existence of God4. Humanism and morality5. Humanism and secularism6. Humanism and moral and religious education7. The meaning of life8. Humanist ceremonies