Kurtz – “Secular humanism is not …”

Paul KurtzPaul Kurtz (1925 – 2012) is often considered the “father of secular humanism”.  He espoused affirmative ethical values of naturalistic humanism, and was consistently critical of both dogmatic religion and militant atheism. Under his influence, the term “religious humanism”, used throughout the 1933 Humanist Manifesto I, was removed from the 1973 Humanist Manifesto II.

The Center for Inquiry, which Kurtz founded, said in praise of Kurtz, “He was one of the most influential figures in the humanist and skeptical movements from the late 1960s through the first decade of the 21st century.” More on Paul Kurtz