Religion: Humanism's Tenth

Birth control, group health, euthanasia (mercy-killing), the abolition of capital punishment, eugenics, calendar reform are causes which might seem something dissimilar. Yet in Manhattan last week, representatives of organizations vowed to these six causes met in a united front. This clan gathering, celebrated the tenth birthday of the First Humanist Society, a body devoted to the spread of a man-centred, God-denying religion.

Religious Humanism—not to be confused with the philosophic "New" or "Literary" Humanism championed by Walter Lippmann, Irving Babbitt and Paul Elmer More some years ago—is considerably older than the First Humanist Society. In Minneapolis, Rev. John Hassler Dietrich, nominally Unitarian,...

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