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William F. Schulz
is the story of religious humanism, a movement that sought to construct a
religion without God, a religion that put its faith in humanity rather than
divinity. Rooted in antiquity, in Francis Bacon and René Descartes, in deism and
the teachings of the philosophes, the religious humanist movement in the U.S.
reached its height in the 1920s and 1930s, leading to the signing of its
keystone document, the Humanist Manifesto of 1933.
William Schulz is former executive director of Amnesty International USA and a former
president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (1985-1993). He received his doctorate in ministry from Meadville Lombard Theological School. Schulz was
named "Humanist of the Year" by the American Humanist Association in 2000. He is
also the author of In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights
Benefits Us All.
Manifesto revives our interest in a historic document that not only broke fresh
theological ground in 1933 but also challenged the conventional religious
thinking of its day. It is nearly seventy years since the Humanist Manifesto was
first published, yet some of its ideas—particularly those that speak to the relationship between science and religious faith—are as compelling now as they were threatening then. William Schulz's research is meticulous and
comprehensive. Anyone concerned for the health and future of religion in this
country would do well to pick up this volume and revisit the debates that
gripped our country two generations ago. There is still much to learn from the
struggles in which those intellectual titans engaged one another."
—Rabbi Balfour Brickner
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