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The Devil and Secular Humanism: The Children of the Enlightenment

Radest, Howard B.

Published by Praeger Pub Text, Westport, Connecticut, U.S.A., 1990
ISBN 10: 027593442X / ISBN 13: 9780275934422
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Title: The Devil and Secular Humanism: The Children...

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text, Westport, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

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Near fine dark red no dust wrapper. 8vo 170 pgs. Index and select bibliography. Minor highlighting. (5 pgs) Insribed by the author on ffep. Previous owner's name on rear endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 013687

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Synopsis: There is currently much confusion about the nature of humanism and a good deal of interest in its point of view. As the object of attack and suspicion by fundamentalists, conservatives, and traditional religionists, Howard B. Radest believes that humanism deserves a clear and responsible treatment. He accomplishes this in this book by clarifying the nature of humanism in historical and current thought. The Enlightenment, Radest states, gave birth to a number of humanist values that are still being worked out in today's societies. He reconstructs how humanist values have been considered dangerous by those who fear a change in the status quo. Humanism, Radest maintains, is the true descendant of the age of reason and freedom. In this unique volume, humanism is viewed as being misunderstood by both traditionalists and the humanists themselves. Radest does not wish to disparage traditional beliefs, but he emphasizes that humanism is a legitimate philosophical, ideological, and religious alternative--a party to the current struggle for a postmodern life philosophy. The Devil and Secular Humanism examines humanism in a more comprehensive way than most current literature, and it includes an assessment of the prospects for humanism in the years ahead. It will be of great use to a literate, but nontechnical, audience who are engaged in philosophy, religion, law, and politics.

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