Articles by Goldwin Emerson

Goldwin (Goldie) Emerson is a long-time member of HALA who writes frequent columns relating to Humanism in the Saturday "Spirituality and Ethics" section of the London Free Press. Download copies of his past articles in pdf format below.


May 6, 2017 - Wondering if a new marriage will succeed? Read on


March 18, 2017 - Be wary of extreme patriotism and its racial pride


February 4, 2017 - Wide bridge of friendship maps path for peace


December 31, 2016 - Political correctness beats callousness


November 19, 2016 - Helping others helps us find meaning


October 1, 2016 - Young and old united in caring


September 3, 2016 - Order not to be confused with design


August 20, 2016 - We need nature more than it needs us


July 16, 2016 - Still time to do good, at any age


June 11, 2016 - Ethics linked to justice and fairness


May 14, 2016 - In our stars or in ourselves?


April 16, 2016 - Democracy demands equality


March 5, 2016 - In a manner of speaking ...


February 13, 2016 - Nothing barring coexistence of evolution and religion


January 16, 2016 - Tracking the evidence of ideas


December 26, 2015 - We all have a role in protecting Earth


December 5, 2015 - Reasonable U.S. gun control rules truly ethical approach


October 24, 2015 - The here and now of humanists


September 12, 2015 - Blinded by modern mythology


September 4, 2015 - Science as a force for morality


August 15, 2015 - Hope and joy found in the here and now


July 25, 2015 - Religious or secular, nature matters


June 27, 2015 - Rights: Gifts before entitlements


May 23, 2015 - We all benefit by giving hope to both rich and poor


April 25, 2015 - Small steps can better our world


April 11, 2015 - Assisted death aids disadvantaged


March 14, 2015 - Science, absent of greed, benefits humankind


February 14, 2015 - Goldwin Emerson responds to Bruce Tallman


January 24, 2015 - Humanism essential to good religion


January 3, 2015 - An atheist and a theist walk into a bar ...


November 15, 2014 - Every human has some inherent worth


October 25, 2014 - Good manners lie at the root of good ethics


September 27, 2014 - An experience of natural spirituality


September 6, 2014 - Must we abandon our concepts of God?


August 30, 2014 - Country inches closer to euthanasia answer


August 23, 2014 - Science and religion can co-exist


August 9, 2014 - Undertand our enemies, invite peace


July 19, 2014 - Public schools confounded by equality


June 28, 2014 - Humanists need to reassess values often


June 7, 2014 - Informed voters key to democracy


May 17, 2014 - Rational doubt preferable to blind faith


April 5, 2014 - Governments must protect middle class


March 1, 2014 - Ethics call us to do better in government


February 1, 2014 - Euthanasia remains controversial


January 4, 2014 - Canadians earn kindly image on daily basis


December 14, 2013 - Capitalism is like an unfair game of Monopoly


October 26, 2013 - Free enterprise tough balancing act


October 19, 2013 - Secularist seeks clarity on Sharia law


September 28, 2013 - Faith, hope, charity, but not much of a tax credit


September 14, 2013 - Religious or secular, morals share many values


August 24, 2013 - Guns affect how we relate to each other


August 10, 2013 - We deserve compassionate and caring cops


August 3, 2013 - Gratitude enriches our spiritual happiness


July 27, 2013 - Self-knowledge key to ethical relationships


July 13, 2013 - Forgiveness a powerful virtue - but not always possible


June 22, 2013 - Today's politicians could use a Plato tutorial


June 1, 2013 - Democracy in Canada can still be improved


May 11, 2013 - Religious and secular know moral harmony


April 13, 2013 - Acceptance of other views a worthy goal


March 16, 2013 - Economic divide needs bridging


February 23, 2013 - A thoughtful Humanist responds (article by Rod Martin)


February 16, 2013 - This is what a humanist hopes for


February 2, 2013 - Children learn morality from their parents


December 15, 2012 - Questions for thoughtful Christians


November 17, 2012 - Good moral path includes scientific thought


November 3, 2012 - U.S. gun laws not even on the election radar


September 15, 2012 - Long marriage brings insight into successful unions


August 4, 2012 - U.N. can still be powerful force for solutions


July 14, 2012 - Preserving the planet is job for us all


July 2, 2012 - Students learn more than curriculum in class


June 23, 2012 - Faith's meaning differs in religion and science


June 02, 2012 - Who gets bullied and who are the bullies?


May 12, 2012 - The Great Beyond just gets clearer


May 5, 2012 - Religion, politics need not be taboo subjects


April 21, 2012 - Don't let accommodations detract from basics


March 10, 2012 - Responsibility of global store a shared one


February 15, 2012 - Co-operative nature justifies moral actions


January 21, 2012 - EMD dispute demands more of government


December 31, 2011 - Occupy campers seem reasonable to me


November 12, 2011 - Law on dying goes back on trial


October 15, 2011 - Reality is not always what it appears to be


October 1, 2011 - Healthy aging and attitude fill out life


September 24, 2011 - Inevitability of death travels through our lives


August 20, 2011 - Drawing battle lines over war


July 30, 2011 - Free will a window into own values


July 23, 2011 - Can the world hold the line on population?


July 9, 2011 - Believers in God didn't start out that way


May 14, 2011 - In parenting, chimps have a lot to teach us


March 2, 2011 - The path to a world without war is possible


February 19, 2011 - Capitalism needs controls to be moral


January 15, 2011 - Evolution doesn't just happen by chance


December 18, 2010 - Honesty of WikiLeaks should prevail


November 20, 2010 - Can enough giving ever really be enough?


October 10, 2010 - Bullying runs counter to a mainstay of ethical behaviour


August 21, 2010 - Leaders need foresight to choose wisely


August 7, 2010 - Variations on spirituality


July 10, 2010 - You may be moral, but are you ethical?


June 26, 2010 - Spirituality comes in many forms, not just religious


May 15, 2010 - Euthanasia foes are the ones who "play God"


April 17, 2010 - Science allows society to maintain its moral thread


January 21, 2006 - Religion and its Humanist connections


December 28, 2001 - Leishman's musings on morality not grounded in fact