"A lucid, intellectually honest, and convincing prescription for leading an authentic life of love, reason, and joy..." -John B. Hooper, President, HUUmanists
Product Code: 6317
ISBN: 9780983754909
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Religious Humanism Press
Pages: 228
Published Date: 09/20/2011
Availability:In stock
Price: $18.00

Approaches Humanism primarily as a way of life rather than as a philosophical perspective but also includes some discussion of philosophical foundations. Its purpose is to present Humanism as a basis for living in a meaningful and fulfilling way which enables us to become more fully human. Describing Humanism in positive terms, it emphasizes what Humanism affirms rather than what it denies. It presents religious Humanism as a personally satisfying and morally responsible way to live, giving our lives meaning and purpose, hope and joy. Most importantly for many readers, it offers practical advice about the qualities that enable one to live well and explores Humanism’s resources for living ethically and dealing constructively with common human problems and personal crises.

Praise for Becoming More Fully Human:

At a time when Humanism is too often identified with abrasive and polemical intellectualizing, Bill Murry's warmly personal account of faith, practice, and understanding of non-theistic religious naturalism is a welcome contribution. Speaking from many years of both teaching and following this spiritual path, Murry makes the elements of Humanism as a lifestyle accessible, regardless of the reader's own position. In gentle and inviting language, he shows it to respect. This book illuminates the religious quality of Humanism, not only for its adherents, but also for those observers who are seeking a sympathetic insight into what many of their neighbors really believe. - The Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, Senior Minister First Unitarian Society, Minneapolis

Becoming More Fully Human is a lucid, intellectually honest, and convincing prescription for leading an authentic life of love, reason, and joy – a Humanist life. It could not be coming out at a more appropriate time.- John B. Hooper, President, HUUmanists

Becoming More Fully Human is a manual for living, a compendium of pastoral wisdom. A worthy companion to Reason and Reverence, it is the kind of book many will want to keep at hand and revisit again and again in more introspective moments. - David E. Schafer, Past President, HUUmanists

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Part One: Toward A More Vital Humanism
Introduction: Humanisms Challenge:
1 A Brief Look Backwards
2 We Are Not “Unbelievers”
3 “Why God Won’t Go Away”
4 what’s Religious about Humanism?
5 The Importance of Community
6 Science, Religion and Humanism
7 Darwin’s Contribution to Humanism
8 Religious Naturalism
9 Toward a Humanist Spirituality
10 A Guide for Everyday Living

Part Two: Developing Humanist Virtues
Introduction: Virtue Ethics
1 “The Greatest Thing in The World:” Love and Compassion
2 “As Thyself” – Self-Love and Self-Acceptance
3 Courage
4 Reverence: “A Forgotten Virtue”
5 Tolerance
6 The Attitude of Gratitude
7 Generosity
8 A Sense of Humor
9 Honesty is The Only Policy
10 “The Audacity of Hope”
11 Patience
12 Awareness
13 Faith

Part Three: Ethical Living
Introduction: Ethics and Religion
1 Empathy and Ethics
2 Reverence For Life: The Fundamental Principle
3 A Personal Ethic of Love and Compassion
4 A Social Ethic of Justice
5 Charity of Justice?
6 An Environmental Ethic of Trusteeship
Part Four: Becoming Fit to Live With
Introduction: The Role of Intelligence
1 Coping with Anger
2 Confronting Worry
3 Dealing with Anxiety
4 Handling Guilt

Part Five: Matters of Life and Death
1 Living with Purpose
2 Pain and Suffering
3 Death

Postscript: “Happy Humanists”
End Notes
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