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Humanism As the Next Step

Humanism as the Next Step by Lloyd and Mary Morain is a brilliant down-to-earth guide to the Humanist philosophy. It is totally positive and deeply inspiring, written in a style that is easy to read and to understand. This book gives a great introductory overview for the general reader, but even more, its joyful presentation will surely be a delight for the newly aware Humanist who's just discovering that there's actually a name for the earth-oriented, human-focused, non-religious lifestance which they have chosen. When one rejects supernatural religious belief and follows the logic of their own reasoning, there may be no comfort or reassurance at all in this position; quite the contrary, one's stance might alienate or antagonize significant others, and cause one to feel isolated. This book is a joyous affirmation of the Humanist philosophy! How comforting to know that there are millions of other Humanists out there! It will serve also to reaffirm the convictions of even a long-time Humanist. And because it's jam-packed with important historical references: names, dates, descriptions and documents, so handy, right at the fingertips, every Humanist leader/speaker/teacher, as well, will find it indispensable.

– Beth Lamont


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By Lloyd & Mary Morain




Lloyd Morain served as President of the American Humanist Association from 1951-1955 and from 1969-1972, and as editor of Humanist Magazine from 1979-1990. He produced the movie Flight, based on John Steinbeck's short story, which won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival.


Lloyd’s wife, Mary Morain, served as president of the Planned Parenthood Association in Boston, as well as the League of Women Voters. She became a leading member of Planned Parenthood, touring and lecturing on birth control around the world, often in the company of Margaret Sanger. She and her husband were also founding Directors of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, established in 1952.


In 1994, Lloyd and Mary Morain were jointly honored by the American Humanist Association as Humanists of the Year.



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