Paul Kurtz, January 25, 1925 – October 21, 2012

(The following was written by Eddie Tabash and posted with permission)

I take great pride in being the major financial backer of Internet Infidels. The intellectual fire power that this website brings to bear in the quest to refute supernatural claims is a sheer delight in a world so riven with superstition. My actual induction, as it were, into freethought organizations was in 1995, when Paul Kurtz brought me into the three organizations he founded: the Center for Inquiry, Council for Secular Humanism and Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Dr Kurtz died on October 21, 2012, at the age of 86. He also founded Prometheus Books, the largest individual publisher of atheistic and other skeptical books. His best individual writings for atheism, in my view, were contained in two of his books. In The Transcendental Temptation, he made a comprehensive argument that challenges to the paranormal/supernatural were seamless. The empirical method should be applied to all miraculous claims, be they those of religion or those of pseudo science. In Forbidden Fruit, he argued that moral values could be reliably rooted in a naturalistic foundation. His life’s work and his passing should be noted by freethinkers and skeptics, everywhere.

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Remembering Paul Kurtz” by our very own Herb Silverman, published in The Washington Post