Law Review

February 22, 2011

I don’t usually use my blog to make book recommendations, but I am compelled to make an exception. Stephen Law’s Humanism: A Very Short Introduction has recently become available in the U.S. Buy it or borrow it. It’s definitely worth the read.

It is very difficult to write a concise book on a broad topic. It is also very difficult to write a book with novel insights on a topic that has been discussed many times before. Law admirably overcomes both of these obstacles, and he succeeds in producing a book that may be the definitive brief guide to humanism.

This is not to say I agree completely with Law’s observations and analyses. In particular, I believe he may have made a misstep or two in his discussion of the meaning of life. (His criteria for “meaning” may be too demanding.) But even where I disagree with him, his exposition is admirably clear and free of rhetoric.

Full disclosure: Law is associated with CFI as the provost for CFI’s programs in the United Kingdom. However, neither CFI nor I have any financial stake in this book.

A longer review of this book will appear in a forthcoming issue of Free Inquiry .

Comments:

#1 ALF (Guest) on Friday March 25, 2011 at 3:13am

Stephen Law’s Humanism: A Very Short Introduction is Similar to Christ’s time with us. I could go on about Stephen but in humanities reality I deal with, and this my daily inquiry.
Who will bare witness with me and create an inquiry for me into the will of my fathers estate?
Are there any Lawyers who can make a free inquiry for me with my guidance. Aren’t they not to judge unless you also be judged. For the crimes committed against me I bare the scars of proof, for those I commit i offer my true confession.
Won’t humanism manifest an inquiry only if I have to pay for it. Who ?where? when? how much? for what? Don’t get me wrong I can file a retainer for my sins.
I’m looking for something else on EARTH.
I found faith on the side of the road. Faith was in North Dakota near Wells(Maybe Deep Wells) near the Sitting Bull Memmorial site.  I picked it up a small handful of pebbles to share with the world, and buried some in my fathers casket in the U.S.of A.‘s hallowed grounds at Arlington National cemetery.
Ever since then I’ve had a hard time with the “first hand” experience of reciting the Lords Prayer in the “first Person” speech nomenclature. so don’t worry I’ll be there when you do too.
For further manifestations, of religion to humanism’s reality. I will share with those that care.

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