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  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release : 10 September 2013
  • ISBN : 9781616148287
  • Page : 516 pages
  • Rating : 4.5/5 from 103 voters

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In this landmark work, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary. According to Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking—the “transcendental temptation”—which undermines critical judgment and paves the way for willful beliefs. Kurtz explores in detail the three major monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—finding striking psychological and sociological parallels between these religions, the spiritualism of the nineteenth century, and the paranormal belief systems of today. This acclaimed and controversial book includes sections on mysticism, belief in the afterlife, the existence of God, reincarnation, astrology, and ufology. Kurtz concludes by explaining and advocating rational skepticism as an antidote to belief in the transcendental.

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The Transcendental Temptation

The Transcendental Temptation
  • Author : Paul Kurtz
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date : 2013-09-10
  • ISBN : 9781616148287
GET THIS BOOKThe Transcendental Temptation

In this landmark work, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary. According to Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking—the “transcendental temptation”—which undermines critical judgment and paves the way for willful beliefs. Kurtz explores in detail the three major monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—finding striking psychological and sociological parallels between these religions,

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-04-17
  • ISBN : 9781351294386
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Paul Kurtz has been the dominant voice of secular humanism over the past thirty years. This compilation of his work reveals the scope of his thinking on the basic topics of our time and his many and varied contributions to the cause of free thought. It focuses on the central issues that have concerned Kurtz throughout his career: ethics, politics, education, religion, science, and pseudoscience. The chapters are linked by a common theme: the need for a new enlightenment, one

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  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015
  • ISBN : OCLC:1091220756
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  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Release Date : 2022-08-10
  • ISBN : 1412834112
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As we begin the third millennium there is cause for cautious optimism regarding the human prospect. Democratic revolutions and the doctrine of universal human rights have captured the imagination of large sectors of humanity, while major advances in science and technology continue to conquer disease and extend life, contributing to rising standards of living, affluence, and cultural freedom on a worldwide basis. Paradoxically, at the same time ancient authoritarian fundamentalist religions have grown in vitriolic intensity along with bizarre New

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  • Publisher : Andsor Books
  • Release Date : 2013-01-01
  • ISBN : 9780986938900
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-07-12
  • ISBN : 9781351504249
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The contemporary world is witness to an intense controversy about secularism. This controversy has intensified due to the presence of fundamentalism, which challenges secular society and the secularization of philosophical ideas and ethical values. Secularists maintain that the state should not impose a religious creed upon citizens and should respect freedom of conscience, the right to believe or disbelieve in the prevailing orthodoxy. This right is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution and the Rights of Man

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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2012-04-19
  • ISBN : 9780786489442
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From 1963 to 1989, the BBC television program Doctor Who followed a time-traveling human-like alien called “The Doctor” as he sought to help people, save civilizations and right wrongs. Since its 2005 revival, Doctor Who has become a pop culture phenomenon surpassing its “classic” period popularity and reaching a larger, more diverse audience. Though created as a family program, the series has dramatized serious themes in philosophy, science, religion, and politics. Doctor Who’s thoughtful presentation of a secular humanist view of the

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  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2008-12-18
  • ISBN : 9781443802642
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The myth of Prometheus has inspired countless generations of humanists throughout the ages. Prometheus -- who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans to help them survive -- remains a symbol for those who reject theistic orthodoxies and who fearlessly challenge accepted beliefs. Artists such as Byron, Goethe, Beethoven and Wagner have been influenced by this story. Most importantly, Prometheus is a symbol for selfless love. In this collection of essays, the Promethean myth and its relationship

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  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date : 2010-10-29
  • ISBN : 9781615929702
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For more than three decades, philosopher Paul Kurtz has been a strong advocate of skepticism, not only as a philosophical position, but also as a fulfilling way of life. Contrary to the view that skepticism is merely a negative, nay saying, or debunking stance toward commonly held beliefs, skepticism as defined by Kurtz emerges reborn as "skeptical inquiry"—a decidedly positive philosophy ready and able to change the world. In this definitive collection, editor John R. Shook has gathered together

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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Release Date : 2019-11-13
  • ISBN : 9781728333915
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Americans seem prone to create their own reality in situations that have faced them over the past several years and this arrogance cost the country dearly. Three events stand out as prime examples this arrogance. The first of these events was the war in Iraq which was based on the false reality that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction and had ties to terrorist organizations. The second example was the financial crisis of 2008 which was precipitated by the invention

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  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-10-18
  • ISBN : 9781501721861
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In this profound and yet accessible book, John Kekes discusses moral wisdom: a virtue essential to living a morally good and personally satisfying life. He advances a broad, nontechnical argument that considers the adversities inherent in the human condition and assists in the achievement of good lives. The possession of moral wisdom, Kekes asserts, is a matter of degree: more of it makes lives better, less makes them worse. Exactly what is moral wisdom, however, and how should it be

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  • Author : John Kekes
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-01
  • ISBN : 9780691217963
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  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2007
  • ISBN : 1845452860
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  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date : 2010-10-29
  • ISBN : 9781615921485
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  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 1997
  • ISBN : 0275958973
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