Books

Is Humanism for YOU? Try one of these 6 books — or read the items at the Manifestos tab on this site:

Chuman, Joseph. Speaking of Ethics: Living a Humanist Life, 2013.

Epstein, Greg M. Good without God : What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe. New York: William Morrow, 2009

Kurtz, Paul. The Humanist Alternative : Some Definitions of Humanism. London Buffalo: Pemberton ; Prometheus Books, 1973.

Radest, Howard B. Humanism with a Human Face : Intimacy and the Enlightenment. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1996.

Speckhardt, Roy. Creating Change through Humanism, 2015.

       Werner, Michael,  What Can You Believe If You Don’t Believe in God? Humanist Press, 2017.

 

Additional recommended books (most authors are still alive) :

Appleman, Philip. Apes and Angels. New York: Putnam, 1989.

———. The Silent Explosion. Boston: Beacon Press, 1965.

Barker, Dan, and Richard Dawkins. God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction. Sterling, 2016.

Bloch, Arthur, and Arthur Bloch. Becoming More Fully Human. Oakland, CA: Thinking Allowed Productions, 2011.

Bruce, Calvin E., and William R. Jones. Black Theology II : Essays on the Formation and Outreach of Contemporary Black Theology. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1978.

Bumbaugh, David E. The Education of God. Voices of Liberal Religion, Minneapolis : Rising Press, 1994.

———. Unitarian Universalism : A Narrative History. 1st ed. Chicago, IL : Meadville Lombard Press, 2001.

Burtt, Edwin A. Religion in an Age of Science. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1929.

———. The Human Journey. Calcutta: University of Calcutta, 1981.

Chakravartty, Anjan. Scientific Ontology: Integrating Naturalized Metaphysics and Voluntarist Epistemology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Dawkins, Richard. The God Delusion.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006.

———. An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist : A Memoir, 2014

Dennett, Daniel C. Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. New York: Penguin Books, 2014.

Dewey, John, and Thomas M Alexander. A Common Faith, 2013.

Dietrich, John H. What If the World Went Humanist?: Ten Sermons. Yellow Springs, OH: Fellowship of Religious Humanists, 1989.

Dobrin, Arthur. Spelling God with Two O’s: Thoughts, Stories and Questions on Making a Moral Life. Bethpage, NY (P.O. Box 219, Bethpage 11714): Columbia Pub. Co., 1993.

———. Being Good and Doing Right : Readings in Moral Development.  Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1993.

Doerr, Edd, and Albert J Menendez. Religious Liberty and State Constitutions. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1993.

Ellis, George Francis Rayner. The “Quality of Life” Concept : An Overall Framework for Assessment Schemes. Saldru Working Paper ; No. 30,  Cape Town: Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, 1980

Ericson, Edward L. The Humanist Way: An Introduction to Ethical Humanist Religion. New York: Ungar, 1988.

Friess, Horace Leland. Reconstruction of Ethical Ideals. New York: American Ethical Union, 1951.

———, and Herbert Wallace Schneider. Religion in Various Cultures. Studies in Religion and Culture, New York: H. Holt and company, 1932.

Gibbons, Kendyl L. R. Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism, 2016.

Granados, Luis. Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts, 2012.

Grayling, A. C. Ideas That Matter : The Concepts That Shape the 21st Century. New York: Basic Books, 2010.

———. Life, Sex, and Ideas : The Good Life without God. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

———. Meditations for the Humanist : Ethics for a Secular Age. Oxf0rd ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

———. The Choice of Hercules : Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century. London: Phoenix, 2008.

———. The Form of Things : Essays on Life, Ideas, and Liberty in the 21st Century. London: Phoenix, 2007.

———. The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, 2014.

———. The Meaning of Things : Applying Philosophy to Life. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001.

———. Truth, Meaning and Realism. Essays in the Philosophy of Thought, London ; New York: Continuum, 2007.

Harris, Sam. The End of Faith : Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason.  New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2004

———. The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values. Place of publication not identified: Free Press, 2014.

———.Letter to a Christian Nation. Vol. 1st. Book, Whole. New York: Knopf, 2006.

———. Waking up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion. Vol. Fir Simon & Schuer hacover. 

Haught, James A. Holy Horrors : An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness. Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1990.

Hecht, Jennifer Michael. ()  [San Francisco]: Harper, San Francisco, 2003.

Hedges, Chris, Joe Sacco, and Jeff Williams. Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, 2014.

Herrick, Jim. Humanism : An Introduction. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2009.

Hitchens, Christopher. The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever. Philadelphia: Perseus Books, 2007.

——— and Windsor Mann. The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism. Vol. 1 Da Capo Press.  Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2011.

Hoffmann, R. Joseph. Jesus Outside the Gospels. Book, Whole. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1984.

———. “Marcion, on the Restitution of Christianity : An Essay on the Development of Radical Paulinist Theology in the Second Century.” Scholars Press, St. Cross College, 1982., 1984.

———. Porphyry’s against the Christians: The Literary Remains. New York: Prometheus Books, 1994.

———. The Just War and Jihad: Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Book, Whole. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2006.

———. The Secret Gospels: A Harmony of Apocryphal Jesus Traditions. Book, Whole. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1996.

———, and Gerald A Larue. Biblical v. Secular Ethics: The Conflict. Buffalo, N.Y: Prometheus Books, 1988.

Hoffmann, R. Joseph, and Gerald A. Larue. Jesus in History and Myth. Book, Whole. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1986.

Hofstadter, Richard. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life: (4. Print.). New York, 1966.

Hume, David. Writings on Religion.  Peru, IL: Open Court, 1991

Ibn Warraq. Why the West Is Best: A Muslim Apostate’s Defense of Liberal Democracy.  New York: Encounter Books, 2011.

Ingersoll, Robert G, and Roger E Greeley. The Best of Robert Ingersoll: Immortal Infidel : Selections from His Writings and Speeches. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus, 1993.

Jacoby, Susan. Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism. New York, NY: Holt Paperbacks, 2005.

——— . The Age of American Unreason. New York, N.Y.: Vintage Books, 2009.

Jones, William R. Is God a White Racist? : A Preamble to Black Theology. Boston: Beacon Press, 1998.

Kaufmann, Walter Arnold. Critique of Religion and Philosophy. New York: Harper, 1958.

——— . The Faith of a Heretic.  New York: Doubleday, 1961

——— , and Paul Gottfried. Religion from Tolstoy to Camus. New Brunswick, N.J., U.S.A.: Transaction Publishers, 1994.

Kitcher, Philip. The Ethical Project.  Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press,

———. Life after Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism. The Terry Lectures, Book, Whole. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.

———. Living with Darwin: Evolution, Design, and the Future of Faith. Philosophy in Action, Book, Whole. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

———. Science in a Democratic Society. Book, Whole. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2011.

Kurtz, Paul. Affirmations : Joyful and Creative Exuberance. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2004.

———. Embracing the Power of Humanism. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000.

———. Exuberance: An Affirmative Philosophy. Buffalo: Prometheus, 1985.

———. Forbidden Fruit : The Ethics of Humanism. Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 1988.

———. “The Ethics of Secular Humanism” in Sidney Hook: Philosopher of Democracy and Humanism, edited by Paul Kurtz. Buffalo NY: Prometheus, 1983.

———. In Defense of Secular Humanism. Buffalo: Prometheus, 1983.

———. Living Without Religion: Eupraxophy. Buffalo NY: Prometheus, 1994.

———, and Nathan Bupp. Meaning and Value in a Secular Age: Why Eupraxsophy Matters : The Writings of Paul Kurtz. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2012.

Lamont, Corliss. The Philosophy of Humanism.  New York: Ungar, 1982.

Larue, Gerald A. Freethought across the Centuries: Toward a New Age of Enlightenment. Amherst, N.Y.: Humanist Press, 1996.

Lyttle, Charles Harold. Freedom Moves West; a History of the Western Unitarian Conference, 1852-1952. Boston: Beacon Press, 1952.

McGowan, Dale, and Anthony B Pinn. Everyday Humanism, 2014

Miller, Monica R. Claiming Identity in the Study of Religion: Social and Rhetorical Techniques Examined. Sheffield, South Yorkshire: Equinox Publishing Ltd, 2015.
———. Humanism in a Non-Humanist World, 2017.
———.., and Anthony B. Pinn, eds. The Hip Hop and Religion Reader. 1 [edition]. New York: Routledge, 2015.
——..,., Anthony B. Pinn, and Bun B, eds. Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US. Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music. London, UK ; New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.

Morain, Lloyd, and Mary S Morain. Humanism as the next Step, an Introduction for Liberal Protestants, Catholics, and Jews,. Boston: Beacon Press, 1954.

Murry, William R. Becoming More Fully Human: Religious Humanism as a Way of Life. New Haven: Religious Humanism Press, 2011.

———. Reason and Reverence: Religious Humanism for the 21st Century. Boston, MA: Skinner House Books, 2007.

Muzzey, David Saville, and James F Hornbeck. Ethics as a Religion. United States: American Ethical Union, 2013.

Myers, P. Z. The Happy Atheist, 2014.

Niose, David. Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2014.

Noddings, Nel. Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief. The John Dewey Lecture,  New York: Teachers College Press, 1993.

Olds, Mason. American Religious Humanism. Minneapolis, MN: Fellowship of Religious Humanists, 1996.

Otto, Shawn Lawrence. Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America. New York; New York: Rodale ; Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2011.

Pinker, Steven. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. London: Penguin Books Ltd, 2019.

———. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, 2012.

Pinn, Anthony B. African American Humanist Principles : Living and Thinking like the Children of Nimrod. Black Religion, Womanist Thought, Social Justice, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

———. Black Religion and Aesthetics : Religious Thought and Life in Africa and the African Diaspora. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

———. By These Hands: A Documentary History of African American Humanism. New York: New York University Press, 2001.

———.  Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Popular Culture. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2015.

———. What Is Humanism, and Why Does It Matter? Studies in Humanist Thought and Praxis Series. Sheffield ; Bristol, CT: Equinox Pub. 2013

Radest, Howard. The Devil and Secular Humanism: Children of the Enlightenment. New York: Praeger, 1990.

Reese, Curtis W. Humanism. Chicago IL: Open Court, 1926.

———. Humanist Religion. New York: Macmillan, 1931.

———. The Meaning of Humanism. Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1973.

Russell, Bertrand, James J Ravell, and National Association of South Africa. Why I am not a Christian. Johannesburg: Edward Roux, 1960.

Sagan, Carl. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. New York: Random House, 1996.

——— and Ann Druyan. The Varieties of Scientific Experience : A Personal View of the Search for God. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.

Schneider, Herbert Wallace. Three Dimensions of Public Morality. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1973.

———. Civilized Religion; an Historical and Philosophical Analysis. New York: Exposition Press, 1972.

———. Ways of Being; Elements of Analytic Ontology. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1974.

Sellars, Roy Wood. Evolutionary Naturalism. Chicago IL: Open Court, 1922.

———. Religion Coming of Age. New York: Macmillan, 1928.

Shermer, Michael. Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2017.

———. The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers (and Everyone in Between).  Oxford ; Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Shook, John R, and Paul Kurtz, eds. The Future of Naturalism. Amherst, N.Y.: Humanity Books, 2009.

Smith, G. A, and Union of Ethical Societies. A Humanist Religion. London: Union of Ethical Societies.

Stenger, Victor J. God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist. Amherst, N.Y: Prometheus, 2007.

Tapp, Robert B. Religion among the Unitarian Universalists: Converts in the Stepfathers’  House. New York and London: Seminar Press, 1973.

Walter, Nicholas. Humanism: What’s in the Word? Rochdale, U.K.: Rationalist Press Association, 1997.

Weldon, Stephen Prugh. The Humanist Enterprise from John Dewey to Carl Sagan: A Study of Science and Religion in American Culture, 1997.

Werner, Michael. Regaining Balance: The Evolution of the UUA, 2013.

Wieman, Henry Nelson. Religious Liberals Reply. Boston: Beacon Press, 1947.

Wilson, A. N. God’s Funeral. American.  New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.

Wilson, Edward O. The Social Conquest of Earth. New York: Liveright Pub. Corporation, 2012.

Wine, Sherwin T. Humanistic Judaism.  Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1978.

———, and Adam Chalom. Judaism beyond God: A Radical New Way to Be Jewish.  Farmington Hills, MI: Society for Humanistic Judaism, 1985.

Zuckerman, Phil. Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions. Penguin Books, 2015.

———.Atheism and Secularity. Praeger Perspectives, Book, Whole. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Praeger, 2010.

———. Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion. Book, Whole. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

———. Invitation to the Sociology of Religion. Book, Whole. New York: Routledge, 2003. l.

———. Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions. Penguin Books, 2014.

———, ed. Religion: Beyond Religion. 1 edition. Farmington Hills, Mich: Macmillan, 2016.

 

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