The Transcendental Temptation

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The Transcendental Temptation: A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal
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Author Paul Kurtz
Country United States
Language English
Genre Sociology
Published 1986 (Prometheus Books)
Media type Print
ISBN 0-87975-645-4

The Transcendental Temptation: A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal is a non-fiction book by Paul Kurtz. The book was published by Prometheus Books in 1986, a company founded by Kurtz in 1969, but which has published numerous book on skepticism and secular humanism by many authors.

Summary[edit]

Kurtz analyzes the bases of religion: how provable are the claims of the famous prophets who founded religion in their name: Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Ellen G. White and others? Paul Kurtz asks what are prospects for developing humanistic society based on scientific and humane foundations?

Reception[edit]

In the award of the Norton Medal (endowed by Charles Phelps Norton) to Kurtz in 2001, The Transcendental Temptation was noted, amongst Kurtz's other contributions to secular humanism, as a seminal work on the topic. The award also noted Kurtz's founding of the Center for Inquiry.