Philosophy

10 Questions for Humanists

During his platform address in October, Arthur Dobrin, leader emeritus of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, posed the following 10 questions, suggesting that members consider each one for a moment. 1.   What are you called upon to do as a humanist? 2.   How does the idea of the dignity and worth of
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President’s Column: Welcome Back! Sept. 2016

Janet Glass
Janet Glass A group of about 70 people will be gathered in fellowship on Sunday, September 11, in the Meetinghouse of The Ethical Culture Society. The group has come together to socialize, share thoughts on what they believe, and listen to a sermon of sorts on how to improve themselves and the world. In many ways,
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Hello from your new president, by Janet Glass

Star Trek, my Utopian vision of the future Ms Boe Meyerson was speaking that Sunday. Her talk was about how the original Star Trek TV series provided the viewer with an ideal version of society. The Starship Enterprise was run by an empowered and evolved crew; Asian, white, female, male, African-American, even
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Speaking of Ethics: Living a Humanist Life

Author: Joseph Chuman  (CreateSpace, North Charleston, S.C., 2014)   Reviewed by Doris Friedensohn On the cover of Joseph Chuman’s Speaking of Ethics, a silhouetted male figure holds a bullhorn in his right hand. With his left hand extended, index figure pointing upward, he rallies his troops. Women and men
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Must Humanism Be Reasonable?

       This platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, was delivered on March 17, 2013.              I want to dedicate my address this morning to the life and memory of my esteemed colleague, Dr. Matthew Ies Spetter, who died last December at the age of 91.
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Mortality

  Author: Christopher Hitchens (2012, Twelve, Hachette Book Group) Reviewed by Theresa Forsman             Christopher Hitchens took on death much the same way he took on life—with an unsparing, combative gaze, an absence of sentimentality, and a deep need to figure it out by writing it down. Mortality is what he
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Simply Because It Is The Right Thing To Do

Platform address by Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County Dec. 1, 2012           The horror of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, last month, has revived a debate and an issue in American life that has been dormant for far too long.  For decades, gun rights extremists have
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