The Humanist

The Humanist is a magazine focusing on critical inquiry and social concern from a humanist perspective. Published by the American Humanist Association, The Humanist covers everything from science and religion to politics and popular culture.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 6, November-December

Americans in Cages
The United States now imprisons over a million Americans and keeps another four million under "correctional control" (in jails and on probation or parole). In the land of the free, this is an astonishing number of American citizens being kept in cages....
Angels in America
Angels (they say) don't know whether it is the living they are moving among, or the dead. -R. M. Rilke, Duino Elegies Angelos is the Greek word for messenger, and the angel who crashes through the ceiling at the end of Millennium Approaches-the...
Forward to the Past
With Pope John Paul II scheduled to visit Denver in mid-August, it occurred to me (in mid,July) that it might be appropriate to write an article about the new catechism of the Catholic church, formally approved by the pope on October 11, 1992. As the...
Genesis: An Epic Poem
At first glance, inventionist ecology seems an unlikely subject for an epic poem written in the late twentieth century. After all, Frederick Turner has often used prose to write about landscape and the environment. Along with others, he has examined...
Inventing Arcadia: An Interview with Frederick Turner
In describing the work of Frederick Turner, it may help to borrow a line from the introduction to his 1985 book, Natural Classicism: "That whole of which I speak is, like a solid as opposed to a plane or a curve, not easily scanned, expounded, or even...
Perhaps More Often Than We'd like to Admit, Human Hands Have Already Been at Work Where Now We Seem to See Only Pristine and Unspoiled Nature
Perhaps more often than we'd like to admit, human hands have already been at work where now we seem to see only pristine and unspoiled nature. Years ago, a friend of mine returned from a trip to England with photos of and stories about the beautiful...
Putting the "Eco" Back into Our Economy!
I am 80 years old as I write these lines. I am still vigorous enough not only to resent many aspects of modern civilization but more importantly to enjoy the world and have faith in its future. Rene Dubos Soon I will join Jerry Mander and Helena...
Regimes of Nature
I. Over the last several decades, interest in the fate of the natural environment has exploded in a proliferation of associations, journals, magazines, television programs, and books. People around the world have been galvanized by concerns about...
Restoration of Preservation: Reflections on a Clash of Environmental Philosophies
The nub of the restorationist critique of preservation is the claim that it rests on an unhealthy dualism that conceives nature and humankind as radically distinct and opposed to each other. The writings of William Jordan and Frederick Turner offer...
Rituals of Restoration
When considering the status of the relationship between nature and a particular culture, one of the most basic and straightforward questions we can ask is: who, exactly, negotiates the relationship? Or, to be more precise, what kinds of relationships...