The New York Times‘ Obituary for Paul Kurtz

Earlier tonight, the New York Times‘ posted Ben Weber‘s obituary for Paul Kurtz:

Paul Kurtz in 2010 (Doug Benz – The New York Times)

Humanists in general and Professor Kurtz in particular have also been criticized by some atheists as not aggressive enough in opposing the credibility of religious myths. But Professor Kurtz wrote that humanists, who “may be agnostics, atheists or skeptics,” believed that their obligation was to go beyond deriding religion. In 2009, he resigned from the board of the Center for Inquiry, in part because he felt it was on too contentious a path.

“If religion is being weakened, what replaces it in secular society?” Professor Kurtz said in an interview with The New York Times in 2010. “Most of my colleagues are concerned with critiquing the concept of God. That is important, but equally important is, where do you turn?”

My own compilation of various freethought leaders’ thoughts on his passing can be read here.

""Not even rapists, huh?" - then kill the rapist....No innocent human being - born or ..."

Here’s Why the Fertility Clinic “Dilemma” ..."
"Ew. Didn't he admit to doing this in the teen pageants too? Just...ew.He's a horrible, ..."

CDC Bans Words Like “Transgender” and ..."
"I'm not usually the type to block people, but I draw the line at ad ..."

CDC Bans Words Like “Transgender” and ..."
"Theists want to know why they are rejected, not just that they are rejected.But...We don't ..."

This is How You Do “Common ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment