Title of Presentation: Is Humanism a Religion?
Date & Time: Saturday, June 1 4:00 pm
Location: Del Mar
Presentation Summary: The meanings of the words “religion” and “humanism” fall at variable places along an ideological spectrum, and there is no simple binary distinction between them. Louis Altman will suggest that there are six criteria for what we might regard as a religion, with humanism meeting four out of the six. The listener can decide whether a .666 batting average is acceptable.
Biography: Louis Altman received a Lifetime Achievement Award for efforts on behalf of Humanistic Judaism in 2012, and is the immediate past president of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. He is a semi-retired patent, copyright and trademark attorney and co-author of a 10-volume treatise on trademarks and unfair competition. Altman is now or previously was a director of the following additional organizations: American Humanist Association, Sarasota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, Humanist Institute, Institute for Humanist Studies, Humanists of Florida Association, Humanists of Sarasota Bay, and, in Chicago, modern and Spanish dance groups.