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Monday, April 21, 2003

Humanist revival.

This year is the seventieth anniversary of the publication of "A Humanist Manifesto," the theological statement (if you'll forgive the "theo") of a group of progressive religious and philosophical intellectuals whose ideological heirs have just released a brand new manifesto. While you're pondering it, you might also pick up a copy of William Schulz's book, Making the Manifesto: The Birth of Religious Humanism. (Edwin H. Wilson's first-person account of the story, The Genesis of A Humanist Manifesto, is now on-line, although you might want to buy a copy.)

If you are a Unitarian Universalist or religious liberal, you will especially want to join in the conversation being sponsored by the organization for religious humanists within the UUA, HUUmanists. They are trying to revive the religious humanist voice, and could use your ideas and financial support. On their e-mail chat group, they are gathering humanist "elevator speeches" in response to UUA president Bill Sinkford's challenge: "Put a name to what calls you, and to what you find yourself called to do in response." Few humanists seem to connect with Sinkford's use of the word "God," but I'm glad to see HUUmanists taking the challenge and trying to revive an important part of the liberal religious tradition.

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 21 April 2003 at 6:38 PM

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