Paul Kurtz has died (Merged)
Posted: 21 October 2012 07:12 PM   [ Ignore ]
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News or at least rumors out tonight of the death of Paul Kurtz, founder of CFI, CSICOP/CSI, CSH and a true legend of the atheist/secularist community. See HERE.

Time to celebrate a great man.

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Posted: 21 October 2012 07:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It’s been confirmed by his son. A giant has died.  downer

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Posted: 21 October 2012 07:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I just read that on the American Humanist Association site. RIP, Paul.

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Posted: 21 October 2012 08:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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So did Kurtz convert to some religion on his deathbed, like his atheist friend who converted to Catholicism? Kurtz recounts this story in at least two of his books, so the prospect of that happening to him must have bothered him:

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Posted: 22 October 2012 03:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I know very little about Paul Kurtz, but nonetheless, I’m sorry to hear that such a dedicated rationalist has kicked it.

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Posted: 22 October 2012 06:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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CFI has an obituary HERE.

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Posted: 22 October 2012 08:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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We are going to miss Dr Kurtz.  I have met and have had many conversations with this most dedicated man.  It’s now up to us to continue his work.

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Posted: 26 October 2012 11:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I started reading Free inquiry not long ago (discovering Mr. Kurtz), and ordered a few back issues, since it quickly became my favorite. The last article I read from him, his editorial “The Eupraxsophy of Hope” in the Feb/March 2010 was very fitting to try and begin to understand the kind of person he was.  Found a link, in case some haven’t read it =P - http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=library&page=kurtz_30_2

A great human he must have been if one of the first things I read from him, made me sit there staring at the wall for a while, my mind adjusting to some of the pessimism he just slapped right out of me LOL... not always an easy task.  RIP downer

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Posted: 27 October 2012 11:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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dougsmith - 22 October 2012 06:46 AM

CFI has an obituary HERE.

That’s nice.

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Posted: 04 February 2013 03:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Paul Kurtz

So sad.  How do you feel about Paul Kurtz’ passing?

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Posted: 20 August 2013 05:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Met him a few times in the 80’s…great human being and a major influence on Secular Humanist movement - he lived a very full and productive life.

I was also very impressed with his wartime service in the fight against Nazi Germany.

A good man gone - go well Paul Kurtz, go well.

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