Paul Kurtz Has Died


I knew this day would come but it doesn’t make it any easier to write: Paul Kurtz has died. He was 86 years old. While details are sparse, his son Jonathan Kurtz (President of Prometheus Books) said it happened last night.

Before the New Atheists went mainstream, it’s arguable that Kurtz did more to spread Humanism and skepticism than anyone else in modern history. If you read books written by Christian apologists prior to the year 2000, their enemy-in-chief wasn’t Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens. It was Paul Kurtz. They feared him.

His resume is lengthy, but many of his crowning achievements are still making an impact in our community today. What he helped begin, we are all continuing.

He founded Prometheus Books, the first publishing company to print books exclusively for and about the skeptical world. Some of their books include George H. Smith‘s Atheism: The Case Against God and Victor Stenger‘s God: The Failed Hypothesis (the company’s first New York Times bestseller).

Kurtz founded the (currently-named) Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the Council for Secular Humanism, and the Center for Inquiry, organizations whose missions focus on spreading skepticism, reason, and Humanism.

Written By: Hemant Mehta
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  1. When an atheist dies there is little to say but; goodbye! But one thing for sure; all the theories can now finally be put to rest.

    If only mankind could get out from under the pressure of mind controllers and pompous religious rhetoric. Maybe then we could do a real study on what part a celestial maker could have played in our existence and how our consciousness may achieve a continuance after death.Until then; Goodbye, and thanks for your efforts to advance the species.

  2. Prometheus Books was the publisher of Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s *Prescription: Medicide– the Goodness of Planned Death.* A very interesting read!

  3. Publication of ‘Sceptic’ books is a laudable enterprise. So I am grateful to Paul Kurtz for being active in this field. My sympathies for all those who knew him better, in coping with his passing away.
    On the website I followed a link to ‘Inside a Mormon Temple Ceremony (a.k.a. Mitt Romney actually believes this)’. Amazing stuff. The people in this secretely taped movie should read some of the books that mr Kurtz’s Prometheus Books has published. Then their veil will be really lifted.

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