Forbidden Fruit

Author: Paul Kurtz
Editor: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1615921486
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Paul Kurtz, America's leading secular humanist philosopher, affirms that it is possible to live the good life and be morally responsible, without belief in religion. In this original and penetrating book, Kurtz delineates the means by which humanity can transcend the limitations of traditional religious loyalties and achieve a higher stage of ethics. Fundamentalists deny the possibility of ethics without belief in God. Conservatives rail against secularists. Yet belief in God is no guarantee of moral virtue - as the evils committed in the name of religion have vividly shown. Are there secular ethical principles and values that are vital for a world in crisis? In this new edition of Forbidden Fruit, Kurtz defends the ethics of secularism and humanism. In order to progress to a maximum level of creative development, he maintains that we must be nourished by the "forbidden fruit" of the knowledge of good and evil, grounding principles and values in autonomous reason. This is the path that leads to the discovery of significant ethical truths that can guide both self-reliant conduct and consideration for the rights of others. By breaking the bonds of theistic illusion, we can summon the courage and wisdom to develop a rational ethic based on a realistic appraisal of nature and an awareness of the centrality of the moral decencies common to all peoples. The ultimate key to the good life, Kurtz writes, is to eat of the fruit of the second tree in the Garden of Eden - the tree of life - discovering for ourselves the manifold potentialities for a bountiful existance. Forbidden Fruit contains important chapters on ethical excellences for individuals, moral education for children, and thoughts on privacy and human rights, in addition to presenting concrete ethical recommendations as alternatives to the reigning orthodoxies.
Forbidden Fruit
Language: en
Pages: 485
Authors: Esther Lyons
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-03-23 - Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

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Forbidden Fruit
Language: en
Pages: 159
Authors: Paul Ferrini
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: Paul Ferrini-Heartways Press

Adam and Eve were not just naughty, disobedient children. They were created in God's image. They had God's desire for creative expression and awareness. As long as they remained in the Garden, they could not take the next step in their evolution. How do you convince a dependent, obedient child
Forbidden Fruit
Language: en
Pages: 326
Authors: Paul Kurtz
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-10-29 - Publisher: Prometheus Books

Paul Kurtz, America's leading secular humanist philosopher, affirms that it is possible to live the good life and be morally responsible, without belief in religion. In this original and penetrating book, Kurtz delineates the means by which humanity can transcend the limitations of traditional religious loyalties and achieve a higher
Forbidden Fruit
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Richard Ned Lebow
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-01-18 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

Could World War I have been averted if Franz Ferdinand and his wife hadn't been murdered by Serbian nationalists in 1914? What if Ronald Reagan had been killed by Hinckley's bullet? Would the Cold War have ended as it did? In Forbidden Fruit, Richard Ned Lebow develops protocols for conducting
Forbidden Fruit
Language: en
Pages: 335
Authors: Richard Ned Lebow
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-02-07 - Publisher: Princeton University Press

Could World War I have been averted if Franz Ferdinand and his wife hadn't been murdered by Serbian nationalists in 1914? What if Ronald Reagan had been killed by Hinckley's bullet? Would the Cold War have ended as it did? In Forbidden Fruit, Richard Ned Lebow develops protocols for conducting