Humanist Perspectives: Books
Books by Canadian Humanist Publications
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PostSecular: Science, Humanism and the Future of Faith
by Marc Schaus
Ultimately, the "future" of religion is approaching far more quickly than many of us think. The greatest mysteries of life – who we are, how life began, the nature of existence and more – are fast losing their traditional power to support supernatural faith. Human evolution, brain function and the nature of physical reality will soon be considered common knowledge in more parts of the world than ever before. Today's hyper-connected, science-heavy, internet-of-everything transition will forever change our species and the way we see ourselves in the cosmos. This book offers a vision of that future. Readers of Post Secular will explore the ongoing dilution of supernaturalism around the world; a process completely changing what we currently call secular. Join Marc Schaus on an exploration of this change toward next-gen spirituality and how "religion" will function when living the secular life becomes the new normal.
"Anyone entering the literature for the first time on why people believe in God, commit to religion, and rely on faith can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed in a miasma of ideas, hypotheses, theories, and just-so stories, and this is just from a secular and scientific perspective. Marc Schaus's well-organized and highly readable distillation of this literature, Post Secular, gives readers an important overview of what we know today about these vital matters of the human condition.”
—Michael Shermer, Publisher Skeptic magazine, columnist Scientific American, Presidential Fellow Chapman University, and author of Heavens on Earth, The Moral Arc, and The Believing Brain
In addition to publishing the Humanist Perspectives quarterly journal, Canadian Humanist Publications has published several books - The Road to Reason, Reason with Compassion and Lonely Trail. These are the first three books in the list below. (Aurora Humanist Books is the publishing division of Canadian Humanist Publications.) The books following them are by other publishers and also of interest to humanists.
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Our Available Books
The Road Not Travelled:
How the Democracy, Science and Humanism of the Greeks was Suppressed by the Early Christian Church and How That Obstructed the Progress of Humanity
by Donald Arthur Hatch
The Road Not Travelled is a concise informative book. The author, Donald Hatch, has packed each page with knowledge, and thoughtful comments about our past and the emerging of a hopeful future as we proceed from the path of religious superstition and supernaturalism into a more enlightened time. Hatch describes the road not travelled as one that will re-emerge from the early Greek philosophers which had powerful influences in Renaissance thought and later in the Enlightenment of the seventeenth century. As the powerful grip of religious domination lessens in our time, humanists can look forward with hope to renewed enlightenment led by science and reason. This is a book that should be read by secular thinkers, but it will also help religious thinkers understand and question their present practices. I hope it will be read by both.
The Road to Reason:
Landmarks in the Evolution of Humanist Thought
by Pat Duffy Hutcheon
216 pp, 2001
Dr Pat Duffy Hutcheon, a sociologist, clarifies the nature and origin of evolutionary naturalism as a necessary component of modern humanism. Her latest book presents the ideas of some of the most prominent thinkers who have contributed to the evolving philosophy of humanism over the centuries. This is the naturalistic view of human existence, in contrast to the supernatural.
University Professor of Life Sciences Emeritus, University of Virginia
Past President, British Columbia Humanist Association
University Professor of Social Theory , Rutgers University
REASON WITH COMPASSION; The Humanist Way
by Glenn Hardie
110 pp, Aurora Humanist Books, 2009
books by other publishers
LONELY TRAIL: The Life Journey of a Freethinker
by Pat Duffy Hutcheon
380pp, Aurora Humanist Books, 2000
on the subject of humanism
Seasons of Life
compiled by Nigel Collins
246 pp, Rationalist Press Association, 2000
This anthology provides a broad range of literature, particularly suitable for non-religious ceremonies — births, deaths, marriages, but also of personal interest.
Connecting the Fragments
by Harry Holmes
220 pp, George Mann Books, 1983
This selection of poetry and prose is an attempt to indicate a humanist attitude to life – a humanist mood. The fragments of human experience expressed in this book enshrine our values, our ideals and our hard-won insights, and they illuminate the path to human fulfilment on earth – the path of tolerance, of sympathy and understanding, of gentleness and of affection.
Foundations of Modern Humanism
by William McIlroy
14 pp, Sheffield Humanist Society, 1995
This pamphlet on the history of secular humanism by William McIlroy, former editor of The Freethinker, tells briefly about leading freethinkers in the late 18th and 19th centuries in Britain such as Tom Paine, Charles Bradlaugh, Richard Carlile, and Annie Besant. They fought the social injustices of their time, working for freedom of expression, right to birth control, and secular education, and set the stage for today’s humanism.
on the subject of religion
Challenging the Verdict:
A Cross-Examination of Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ
by Earl Doherty
272 pp, Age of Reason Publications, 2001
By the author of The Jesus Puzzle, this is a dramatic critique of a popular defense of the Gospels. Creating a courtroom scene, Doherty dialogues with statements made by Strobel’s scholarly witnesses. He challenges and refutes their misreading of evidence, fallacious reasoning, and self-serving conclusions, offering his own more rational analysis of the Christian record.
Church and State in Canada
by Albert J Menendez
140 pp, Prometheus Books, 1996
Religion’s impact on education, law, and politics is the primary focus of this study. Where possible, comparisons between the USA and Canadian experiences are discussed by the American author so readers can observe how two great democracies have approached the interaction between church and state. Much of the data is not widely known to Canadians.
Satellites Out of Orbit
by Chris Wind
294 pp, Magenta, 1989
Fictional, imaginative accounts portraying various classic characters, mainly women, and events from the past — from the Bible, myths, literature and history. With an ‘individual’ feminist perspective, the author writes what she thinks “the characters should’ve said” under their circumstances.
on the sciences — both physical & social
A Popular Guide to Understanding Scientific Studies
by John H Fennick
220 pp, Prometheus Books, 1997
The daily media reports new findings on consumer products, medications, social behavior, public policy, et cetera. This light, humorous book reviews sample studies to expose their traps and pitfalls. With common sense and critical intelligence, we can understand almost any study.