Philosophy

How is Ethical Culture religious?

Ethical Culture holds that all people have inherent worth, regardless of their background, station in life or contribution to society. This means, at a minimum, that we not violate others or ourselves. Non-violation is not enough, however. Ethical Culture teaches that we must act in a positive way to support
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Humanism: Ideological, Spiritual And Radical

For those of us who are sensitive to public affairs and try to remain informed about the world around us, it seems that the moment we are in is besotted with problems. Whether it be the erosion of the middle class, chronic unemployment, the waging of expensive and senseless wars, mass atrocity crimes or the […]
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Religions of Humanity Before Ethical Culture

by Dr. Joseph Chuman In this vibrant and exciting election year, religion, once again, is playing asignificant role. While no one has as yet exploited Jesus as his favorite“political philosopher, “ Mike Huckabee has told us that he is “the Christian candidate,” and front-runner, John McCain has joined him in
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Free Will: The Last Great Lie

By Robert Gulack  There are three great comforting lies at the heart of the cruel and corrupt monstrosity we call “Western Civilization” – three all-important factual allegations that, like Santa Claus, are treasured not because there is scientific evidence for them, but because they offer an emotional cushion
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What to do when life is not fair

The need for fairness is among the deepest needs of the human soul. The yearning for fairness is something that seems to be implanted in us at birth, and becomes vivid when we grow to awareness of the social world beyond ourselves. From the time we are small children we keenly sense when others have not been fair
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Four Types of Religious Humanism

The religious character of Ethical Culture seems endlessly debatable. Is Ethical Culture a religion? Or, is it a secular philosophy of life? Despite the fact that Ethical Culture is now in its 128th year, the question is still not resolved. Though many, and I would guess, most Ethical Culturists would identify
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Emerson and Us: The American Sage at 200

In 1903, in Concord, Massachusetts, at a ceremony observing the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the famed American philosopher, William James, noted the following: The pathos of death is this, that when the days of one’s life are ended, those days that were so crowded with business and
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What Humanists Believe

By Dr. Joseph Chuman Life does not stand still for long. All of life is a cycle of motion and rest. We grow, we push ahead, we exert ourselves, we rest, and then move forward again. For humanists, such we are, the purpose of life is to live – to live fully, to live comprehensively, […]
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