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Becoming More Fully Human

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.




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By William R. Murry



William R. Murry is past president of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and minister emeritus of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, MD.  He is the author of A Faith for All Seasons: Liberal Religion and the Crises of Life, and Reason and Reverence: Religious Humanism for the 21st Century.

Bill Murry's warmly personal account of faith, practice, and understanding of non-theistic religious naturalism is a welcome contribution.  In gentle and inviting language, he shows it to be characterized by integrity, hope, and generosity, and to be fully worthy of respect. This book illuminates the religious quality of Humanism, 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, HUUmanists Association


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.


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