Humanism Versus Theism

Humanism Versus Theism

Humanism Versus Theism

Humanism Versus Theism

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One of the products of the freedom of inquiry in religion which prevails at Antioch College is a constant trial-by-combat of the relative worth of humanism and theism for the needs of mankind in our age. Believing that searching bears its best fruits when contending philosophies are expounded by their ablest advocates, the Religion Committee of the College in 1948 invited Professor J. A. C. F. Auer of Harvard Divinity School and Professor Robert L. Calhoun of Yale Divinity School to confront one another here on the question: "Is Humanism the Religion of the Future?" Their addresses and the ensuing give-and-take proved so helpful to our understanding that we thought it appropriate to offer others, by printed word, something of the same opportunity. Professor Calhoun nominated Professor Julian Hartt of Yale Divinity School to represent theism in this enterprise, and Professor Auer agreed to expand his original lecture for this use.

Humanism and theism are by no means the only ideas one needs to examine to arrive at a wise and well-oriented philosophy of religion. There are those theisms, of both East and West, which conceive the divine as non-personal. There are Neo- Thomism and Protestant fundamentalism and agnosticism and other systems subtle and nameless, as well as positions whose differences from one another turn on issues other than the nature or existence of the divine. This little volume, then, is a modest resource for those who are searching for a religious orientation. It aims to aid and stimulate their quest, not to end it.

MORRIS T. KEETON

Yellow Springs, Ohio April 20, 1950 . . .

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