The Transcendental Temptation: A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal

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Prometheus Books, 1986 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 500 pages
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User Review  - Troy - Goodreads

Is there some underlying need to believe in myths, to accept illusions as truth and defend them despite reason? What are the origins of this need, this temptation for the irrational and unproven, even ... Read full review

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An excellent primer in rational thought, and the application of critical thinking toward religious objects. Good presentation on a skeptical view on many western religious myths, Jesus, Mohammad ... Read full review

Contents

Meaning and transcendence
17
Skepticism as selective doubt
34
Logical coherence
51
Copyright

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About the author (1986)

Paul Kurtz was born on December 21, 1925. He received a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's degree and doctor of Philosophy degree from Columbia University. During World War II, he served in the United States Army and helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. He was a philosopher who focused on fighting prejudice against people who reject belief in a god and promoting a non-religious stance in life. He wrote or edited more than 50 books on ethics without religion, critiques of religion and the paranormal, and on skepticism, or the challenging of received wisdom. His works include The Transcendental Temptation, Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Secularism, The Courage to Become, Multi-Secularism: A New Agenda, and What is Secular Humanism? He founded the journal Free Inquiry and the secular humanist Center for Inquiry. He also taught at numerous universities including the State University of New York at Buffalo and Vassar. He died on October 20, 2012 at the age of 86.

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