Becoming More Fully Human: Religious Humanism as a Way of Life


By William R. Murry

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Published 2011 by Religious Humanism Press, the publications arm of the UU Humanist Association.

Becoming More Fully Human approaches Humanism primarily as a way of life rather than as a philosophical perspective but also includes some discussion of philosophical foundations. Its purpose is to present Humanism as a basis for living in a meaningful and fulfilling way which enables us to become more fully human. Describing Humanism in positive terms, it emphasizes what Humanism affirms rather than what it denies. It presents religious Humanism as a personally satisfying and morally responsible way to live, giving our lives meaning and purpose, hope and joy. Most importantly for many readers, it offers practical advice about the qualities that enable one to live well and explores Humanism’s resources for living ethically and dealing constructively with common human problems and personal crises.

What Others are Saying:

"At a time when Humanism is too often identified with abrasive and polemical intellectualizing, Bill Murry's warmly personal account of faith, practice, and understanding of non-theistic religious naturalism is a welcome contribution. Speaking from many years of both teaching and following this spiritual path, Murry makes the elements of Humanism as a lifestyle accessible, regardless of the reader's own position. In gentle and inviting language, he shows it to be characterized by integrity, hope, and generosity, and to be fully worth of respect. This book illuminates the religious quality of Humaism, not only for its adherents, but also for those observers who are seeking a sympathetic insight into what many of their neighbors really believe."

- The Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society, Minneapolis

"Becoming More Fully Human is a lucid, intellectually honest, and convincing prescription for leading an authentic life of love, reason, and joy – a Humanist life. It could not be coming out at a more appropriate time."

- John B. Hooper, President, UU Humanists

"Becoming More Fully Human is a manual for living, a compendium of pastoral wisdom. A worthy companion to Reason and Reverence, it is the kind of book many will want to keep at hand and revisit again and again in more introspective moments."

- David E. Schafer, Past President, UU Humanists

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