Paul Kurtz, “The father of secular humanism,” has died


pkThe staff of Foundation Beyond Belief was saddened to learn of the death of Paul Kurtz on October 20.

It’s hard to think of anyone whose contribution to humanism approaches Paul’s. Often called the father of secular humanism, he founded Prometheus Books, the first significant press devoted entirely to humanist/skeptical works, and co-authored Humanist Manifesto II. In addition to writing 40 books and several hundred articles, Paul created several influential organizations including the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, the Center for Inquiry, and most recently the Institute for Science and Human Values.

In addition to his intellectual vision, Paul Kurtz was a man of great heart and compassion. When he heard about FBB’s newly launched Humanist Crisis Response program, he immediately endorsed and promoted it through ISHV. “A vital test of any humanist organization’s humanism is its ability to help those in need, which the Foundation is doing so admirably,” he said. It meant a great deal to us to have earned his confidence.

Paul leaves behind a tremendous legacy, as well as a great example of a life lived to the fullest. He will be missed.