A growing number of people today describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” They yearn for something more than mundane experiences of everyday life, but without the trappings of dogma and bureaucracy. Hugh Taft-Morales explores ways humanists could best approach the word “spiritual?” Is it a danger to reason because, as the founder of Ethical Culture, Felix Adler, said, it is often “a synonym of muddy thought and misty emotionalism?” Or can naturalistic forms of spirituality found in Spinoza, John Dewey, and Carl Sagan enliven humanism today?
Hugh Taft-Morales is an Ethical Culture Clergy Leader in Baltimore and Philadelphia, and is President of the National Leaders Council of the American Ethical Union (AEU). Hugh taught philosophy and history for 25 years, graduated from the Humanist Institute in 2009. Born and raised in Connecticut, Taft-Morales graduated with a B.A. cum laude in American History from Yale University, 1979, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, 1986.