The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment is our "mini-journal," edited by our past president and current board member, Don Hatch. It is published quarterly in January, April, July and October, with occasional special issues. Download past issues in pdf format below.


May 2017

What Gives Life Meaning? * Can't Escape from Life's Big Questions? * More on the Lessons of History * Why Study Philosophy?


April 2017

Public Funding of Catholic Schools in Ontario * President's Remarks * Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter Rejects Report * CRIPE and OPEN Combine to Oppose Funding of Catholic Schools in Ontario * Thunder Bay Catholic Schools to Get New Tracks and Fields * Religious Instruction is Not Mandatory in Catholic Schools


March 2017

Multiculturalism and Religions - by George Cherian * The Challenges of Islam * All Smiles at the Mosque: Getting a Handle on Christianity's Sister Religion - by Duncan Watterworth * Extreme Patriotism can be Messy - by Goldwin Emerson


February 2017

How I Became a Humanist - by Carl Goldberg * How I Became a Humanist - by Elizabeth Bright-See * Sources of Ethics and Morality - by Don Hatch * A Few Political Aphorisms


January 2017

A Timely Reminder of Humanist Principles * President's Remarks * How a Humanist Finds Purpose and Meaning in Life


December 2016

Celebrating the Winter Solstice * Will Solstice Celebrations Eventually Replace Christmas Celebrations?


November 2016

Ann Druyan's Comments on her Husband's Death * A Little History of Religion - Book Review by Don Hatch * A Wonderful Symmetry - by Don Hatch * Living Mindfully - by Duncan Watterworth * Apolitical Aphorisms


October 2016

The Lessons of History * President's Remarks * On the Economy * On Religion * Shifting Trends in Religion - by Goldwin Emerson


September 2016

2016 Wolf Hall Event * An Eye for an Eye - by Goldwin Emerson * A Swiss Handshake * Muslim Holiday Feels Like Christmas - by Duncan Watterworth * Monotheism: Godsend or Curse? * Isaac Asimov Quotes


August 2016

Raising Children * Children Learn What They Live - by Dorothy Law Nolte * Reasonable U.S. Gun Control Rules Still Not Accomplished - by Goldwin Emerson * Choosing Between Two Worlds, or More - by Duncan Watterworth * Humanist Ethics - by Rosslyn Ives


July 2016

O Canada


July 2016

Great Comparison * President's Remarks * What Makes a Heretic Tick? - by Adriaan Mak * Sun, Sand, and Satan: On the Beach in the Bible Belt - by Duncan Watterworth * On Toleration - by Adriaan Mak


June 2016

Wherefore Islam? * Striking at the Root: Getting at the Root of Islamic Jihad * Striking at Deeper Roots * Some Historical Facts about Islam - by Adriaan Mak * Who's that Knocking?: Facing the Big Questions Without Enough Evidence - by Duncan Watterworth


May 2016

Jesus of Nazareth: Son of God, Wise Teacher, or ... Impostor?


April 2016

Humanism and Philosophy * President's Remarks


March 2016

Wonders of the World * My Journey to Humanism - by Peter Evans * Interesting Information on the Christadelphians * Atheism For Dummies - book review by Don Hatch * Looking for a Black Cat


February 2016

Getting Off our Humanist Derrieres * Equality for Women * Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797): Forerunner for Humanism and Women's Rights - by Adriaan Mak * Sunday Assembly * Where do we Go? - by Alan Leangvan * The Silver Rule * Doubt


January 2016

Enlightenment on the Enlightenment Era * President's Remarks * David Hume (1711-1776) "The Virtuous Infidel": A Trailbreaker for Modern Humanism - by Adriaan Mak * Book Review: The Shape of the New, by S. L. Montgomery and D. Chirot - reviewed by Don Hatch * The Golden Age of Classical Athens


November 2015

Baruch Spinoza: A Trailbreaker for Modern Humanism - by Adriaan Mak * A Humanist Alternative to A.A.’s Twelve Steps - by B. F. Skinner * Niqab: Another Alternative - by Raheel Raza * Why Teachers Drink (Humorous student answers to examination questions)


September 2015

Ethics and Integrity in Politics * President's Remarks * Birth and Death - Two of Life's Significant Milestones * Declaration of the Principles of Humanist Canada


August 2015 - Special Issue

How I Became a Humanist  * Wendy Kennedy * Tom Kennedy * Imran Atta * All Religions are Human Creations - letter to London Free Press by George Cherian


July 2015

Sources of Ethics and Morality - by Don Hatch * President's Remarks * More on the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life - by Goldwin Emerson


June 2015

Book Review: Living the Secular Life by Phil Zuckerman - by Don Hatch * Christianity 101 - by Goldwin Emerson * Life is a Stream Evolving - poem by Pat Duffy Hutcheon


May 2015

A Rare 360 Degree Rainbow Captured From an Airplane * Who is Right and Who is Wrong about Rights? - by Goldwin Emerson * Proselytizing - by Don Hatch * Some Revealing Statistics * Lexophilia Provides a Few Laughs


April 2015

10 Commandments for Humanists, Freethinkers, and All Secularists * President's Remarks * Spirituality in Another Word - by Adriaan Mak * Steve Paikin Interview of Krauss and Dawkins on Spirituality * More on the Intriguing Subject of Spirituality - or Awe and Wonder - by Don Hatch * The Interdependent Web - by Goldwin Emerson * Starting to Get Realistic about Radical Islam


February 2015 - Special Issue

Three Religions - On God? * A Brief History of Judaism * A Brief History of Christianity * A Brief History of Islam * Reflections on the Qur'an * Actions for Humanists and Humanist Organizations * Alternatives to Monotheistic Religions * Religion versus Humanism - Quotes by Isaac Asimov


January 2015 - Special Issue

How I Became a Humanist and Wrote The Road Not Travelled - by Don Hatch


January 2015

On Humanist Spirituality - by Adriaan Mak * President's Remarks * God, Darwin and my College Biology Class - by David P. Barash * Problems Inherent in the Argument by Design - by Goldwin Emerson * Another Good Year


October 2014

Freethinkers' Fellowship * President's Remarks * The Humanism of the Italian Renaissance * HALA Display


August 2014

Despicable Atrocities * The Causes of Islamic Conflicts are Varied * Muslim Fundamentalism * What Can Be Done? * You Have to Love the Dutch * Where Are the Moderate Muslim Leaders?


July 2014

Plato - Greek Philosopher * President's Remarks *What is Philosophy and Why it Won't Go Away * Where Does Morality Come From? * The Future Role of Philosophy


June 2014

The 2014 HALA Wolf Performance Hall Event with Dan Barker * Losing Faith in Faith - by Goldie Emerson * Book Review of The Age of Atheists by Peter Watson * Thus Spake Friedrich Nietzche


May 2014

The Bonobo and the Atheist * Book Review of The Bonobo and the Atheist by Frans de Waal * Book Review of I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai * Humanist Officiants - by Adriaan Mak


April 2014

The Pale Blue Dot * President's Remarks * Why? * The Hidden Hand of Terror * HALA History: Celebrating Ten Years


March 2014

Results of HALA Membership Survey * A Heads-up For the Next HALA Wolf Hall Event


February 2014

How I Became a Humanist * Goldwin Emerson * Rod A. Martin


January 2014

America: What Went Wrong? * President's Remarks * Leadership * What is Politics? * Book Review of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan * The Thirty Year Gap in the Life of Jesus of Nazareth * Strategies for Humanists * Avoiding the Stresses of Christmas Time


October 2013

Spirituality - the Secular Kind * President's Remarks * Sharia Law and Religious Accommodation in Ontario Schools * Book Review of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Free Thought by Susan Jacoby * Book Review of Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America by Jeff Madrick * Can the Middle Class be Revived?


August 2013

Immanuel Kant * President's Remarks * How We Will Live On - by R. J. (Bob) Thompson * Book Review of How to be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom * Euthanasia in Canada * The Abortion Issue


Special Issue July 2013

How I Became a Humanist * Arsenio Girón * Donald Hatch * Amelia Wehlau


July 2013

Issue Number 50 of The Enlightenment * President's Remarks * HALA Activities * Humanism - From Then to Now


Special Issue May 2013

The New Pope * President's Remarks * Questioning Traditional Christian Beliefs * Living Life to the Fullest


April 2013

The Curse of Religious Fundamentalism * President's Remarks * Muslims in Canada * Christian Religious Fundamentalism * The Path to a World without War is Possible * Debate on Public Funding of Catholic Schools


Special Issue February 2013

What Can Humanists Say to the Mothers of Newtown? * Whither Humanism?


January 2013

Michel de Montaigne * President's Remarks * Nature and Ethical Responsibility * The Evolution of Islam * Solstice Photos


Special Issue November 2012

The Selling and Marketing of Christianity * The Christ Delusion


October 2012

My Kind of Heaven * President's Remarks * A Momentous Breakthrough – Discovering the God Particle * The Ethics of War * Book Review of Free Thinkers: A History of American Free Thinkers


Special Issue July 2012

On the Environment: Who's Minding the Store? * President's Remarks * On Books * On Bridging the Gap * A Few Quotes


July 2012

Tarek Fatah – Political Activist, Writer and Broadcaster * President's Remarks * Remembering, by Marianne Nyhof * About Paul Dirac, by Garth Santor * The Protestant Work Ethic * Ontario Humanist Society Survey


Special Issue April 2012

On Religious Cults, Secularism and Politics * The Evolution of Mormonism * Did Early Christianity Begin as a Cult? * The Advantages of Secular Societies * A Tale of Two Societies: Scandinavian and American* The Senseless Contest to Select a Republican Presidential Candidate * What Lies Ahead?


April 2012

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) Author, Journalist and Humanist * President's Remarks * Faith, Reason, and Atheism, by Rod Martin * Humanists Doing Good Work – Persistence Pays Off * Our Secular Crusade, by Dagmar Gontard-Zelinkova


January 2012

Journey's End * President's Remarks * Aging with Optimism * Book Review: The Swerve, by Stephen Greenblatt * Declaration of the Principles of Humanist Canada


Special Issue December 2011

2011 Solstice Celebration * A Winter's Tale - by Dagmar Gondard-Zelinkova * It's That Time of Year Again * It Has Been a Good Year


October 2011

The Wisdom, Common Sense, and Reasoning of Jean Meslier * President's Remarks * Michael Shreve's Translation of the "Testament" of Jean Meslier, reviewed by Donald Hatch * Dying With Dignity Meeting


July 2011

Paul Kurtz – Philosopher, Educator, Author, Humanist * President's Remarks * Capitalism Needs Controls to be Moral * The Lord's Prayer at Ontario Municipal Council Meetings * Secularism as a Guarantor of Social Harmony * On the Good(?) Death


Special Issue April 2011

Albert Schweitzer – Organist, Theologian, Philosopher and Physician * Two Contrasting Legacies of the Axial Age * Making a Case for Humanism by Attempting to Solve the Jesus Puzzle * The Jefferson Bible – A Very Interesting Document * A Most Interesting Question


April 2011

Les Philosophes * President's Remarks * Book Review: A Wicked Company by Philipp Blom * The Sweet and the Bitter * More Spirituality and Less Religion


January 2011

Dr. Robert Buckman * President's Remarks * The Human in Humanism * Bullying is not Fun for the Victim * The Power & Joys of Music * Some Things Should Never Change


Special Issue October 2010

Two Contrasting Legacies of the Axial Age: Grecian Philosophical Rationalism & Monotheistic Christianity * The Glory That Was Ancient Greece * The Invention of Christianity


September 2010

The Menace of Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism * President's Remarks * Book Review: The Armageddon Factor * Why do we Have this Dilemma? (DAH) * You May be Moral, But Are You Ethical? - by Goldwin Emerson * HALA Happenings


July 2010

The Journey from Belief to Non-belief * President's Remarks * Setting the Scene for Modifying Beliefs * Belief versus Non-belief * Happiness and Giving * Brainwashing


May 2010

Confucius – Chinese Sage and Humanist * President's Remarks * Book Review of Humanist Anthology by Margaret Knight * Some Thoughts on Humanism * Book review of God's Brain by Lionel Tiger and Michael McGuire * Who Is "Playing God" in the Euthanasia Debate? by Goldwin Emerson


April 2010

Abraham Maslow (1908-1970), Humanistic Psychologist * President's Remarks * Humanism in Norway * Humanists, Atheists and Agnostics: A Plea For Tolerance, by Dick Krupka * In Memoriam: Dr. Pat Duffy Hutcheon * Important Notice - HALA Charitable Status


March 2010

Buddhism – A Religion Without God * President's Remarks * Aweism * The Slow Road to Secularization * Humanism: A Long Past and a Short History, by Rod A. Martin * Humanist Association of London And Area – 2010 Membership Application


Special Issue January 2010

Religions -- Can a Civilized Society Exist Without Them? * Outgoing President's Remarks * Board of the Humanist Association of London & Area * Book Review of Society Without God by Phil Zuckermaned * What Can Be Learned From The Scandinavians? * The Reverend Gretta Vosper – Progressive Thinker * Is Humanism a Religion? by Don Santor


January 2010

Marie Curie – Physicist, Chemist and Agnostic * President's Remarks * Book Review of The Greatest Show on Earth By Richard Dawkins * Science as a Force for Morality? by Goldwin J. Emerson * Officiants to Lead Life's Milestone Celebrations * Invitation to HALA Members to Visit the Unitarian Fellowship of London * A Bucket of Shrimp


Special Issue November 2009

Why is God Still Here? * Books on God and Other Musings * The Evolution of Religions * Will Religions and Belief in God Increase or Decrease? * Strategies and Action for the Future


October 2009

Marcus Aurelius – Roman General, Emperor and Stoic Philosopher * President's Remarks * What is Humanism? by Dr. Rod Martin * Metamorphosis, book review of A Personal History of Awe


July 2009

Isaac Asimov, Professor of Biochemistry, Author and Humanist * President's Remarks * Book Review of Pat Duffy Hutcheon's Lonely Trail: The Life Journey of a Free Thinker * Maria's Musings by Maria Stuhlemmer * Getting Political * Words * Imagine


Special Issue May 2009

Secularism * President's Remarks * Why the Difference -- Why is Europe More Secular Than America? * What Can Humanists Conclude from Gregory Paul's Work? * Have Religions Become Dysfunctional? Yes, Says Alexander Saxton


April 2009

Arthur Schopenhauer * President's Remarks * Book Review: Godless - by Dan Barker * The Default Position, by Goldwin Emerson * On the Buses * The London Memorial Society - We Still Exist


Special Issue Winter 2009

The Wonders of Science * Learning About Science * The Wonders of Chemistry: What Are We Made Of? * The Wonders of Physics * The Science of Biology * The Science of Geology * The Science of Astronomy * The Science of Microbiology * Albert Einstein * Conclusions * Darwin Celebrations


January 2009

Percy Bysshe Shelley -- Poet and Humanist * Nominating Committee Report * Utopia * About Humanism in Canada * Life, Culture and Religion, by You-Sheng Li * Upcoming Meetings


October 2008

Simone de Beauvoir - French Philosopher and Author * President's Remarks * Camp Quest Ontario * A Report on the 2008 HAC Conference and Annual General Meeting * A Few Words About My Views on Humanism and Atheism, by Derek Kaill * Book Review: A Secular Age by Charles Taylor * Rites of Passage * Letter to the Editor * Up-coming HALA meetings


Special Issue 2008

Our Planet, Our Home * President's Remarks * Some of the Good Things * Some of the Not so Good Things * Religions and the Future of Humanism * Respecting and Protecting our Planet * In the News


July 2008

Carl Sagan -- Astronomer, Author, Humanist * President's Remarks * Accepting Darwin -- Why is it Taking so Long? * Some Statistics for Humanists * Book Review: How Jesus Became Christian - by Barrie Wilson * Future Meetings of the Humanist Association of London and Area * Humanist Association of London and Area Library


April 2008

Baron d'Holbach – Philosopher, Author and Encylopedist * President's Remarks * Dr. Murray Pearson Hoover * "Do Humanists Experience Wonder?" by Goldie Emerson * Future Meetings * HALA Website * Declaration of Humanist Principles * More Quotes


January 2008

Harold Koehler - Humanist and Humanitarian (1924 - 2007) * President's Remarks * Letter to the Editor re: "Humanism and Religion" by Jim Cranwell * Letter to the Editor re: "Humanism and Religion" by Bob Harrington * A Thank You to Contributors * Report on the Humanist Association of Canada's Annual General Meeting Held at Milton Ontario on October 6th 2007 * Book Review of Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson, review by Don Hatch * Papal Gobbledygook


November 2007

Benedict De Spinoza -- Philisopher and Lens Maker * President's Remarks * Some Thoughts on Humanism as the Basis for Religion * Some More Thoughts on Humanism as the Basis for Religion * Thus Spoke Frederich Nietzsche * Rites of Passage * Up-coming Meetings * Brunch


August 2007

Julian Huxley: Evolutionary Biologist, Author and Humanist * President's Remarks * Some Comments on "Should Humanism be Considered a Religion" * Julian Huxley's Evolutionary Humanism * The Future of Humanism * Up-coming Meetings * Africa * How Can I Look the Same When I Feel So Different Inside? * Declaration of Humanist Principles


May 2007

Epicurus -- Philosopher and Scientist * President's Remarks * Should Humanism be Considered a Religion? * Letter To the Editor of the Enlightenment * Atheists in the News * The Bone Boxes * The Catholic Hierarchy Just Won't Listen to Reason * Time for Brunch * Making Progress * Up-Coming Meetings * What do Teachers Make? * A Few Quotes


February 2007

John Stuart Mill -- Philosopher and Political Economist * President's Remarks * The God Delusion: Fact or Fiction? * Is There a Loving Creator God? A Debate of Dr. Bruce Tallman and Dr. Goldwin Emerson * Up-Coming Meetings * Volunteers * The Eternal Questions of Human Kind * A Few Quotes * Some Comic Relief


November 2006

David Hume -- Philosopher (1711-1776) * President's Remarks * Opinion Piece * Quotes * Up-coming Meetings * When God Goes to War, by Karen Armstrong


August 2006

Richard Dawkins: Evolutionary Biologist, Ethnologist and Author * President's remarks * Editorials * Some Humanist Thoughts About Morality * Why is it Taking so Long? * Up-coming Meetings * The Witty Senior Citizen * Pantheism * What can Humanists Learn from Pantheism * A Little Bit of Humour


May 2006

Robert Green Ingersoll: American Orator and Lawyer * President's remarks * Up-Coming Meetings * Humanist Blessings * Changes in the Concept of God Through Ten Decades in the Life of Jacqueleen Emerson, Humanist * Crude Words - by Derek Kaill * Memberships * Lessons I Learned From My Grandfather - by Hilary Cunningham


February 2006

Thomas Paine: Intellectual, Scholar, Revolutionary and Idealist * President's remarks * Haiti...A Country in Crisis * Haiti's President Ousted for Refusing to Privatize Key Services - by Naomi Klein * The Shell Game - by Goldwin (Goldie) Emerson * Do We Need Nature? - by Goldwin Emerson * Memberships * Up-Coming Meetings


November 2005

Pat Duffy Hutcheon: A Canadian Philosopher, Sociologist, and Educator * President's Remarks * Religious Identification Survery * Something Missing - by Donald Hatch * Report on the October 13th Meeting * Declaration of Humanist Principles


August 2005

John Dewey: Philosopher and Educationalist * President's Remarks * Morgentaler Honoured *  Important Notice * Past Event * Looking Ahead * Some Enlightenment on the Enlightenment * Report on the 2005 Humanist Association of Canada Conference in Ottawa * What Went Wrong? - by Don Hatch * A Couple of Quotes


May 2005

Bertrand Russell: A Mathematician and a Philosopher * President's Remarks * Looking Ahead * Past Meetings * Some Questions Answered and Some Answers Questioned - by Goldwin Emerson * Sin and Ethical Behavior * Principles


April 2005

President's remarks * Introductory Remarks * Up-coming Meetings * Editorial * Unitarian Principles * Humanist Principles * A Rose by Any Other Name - by Goldwin Emerson * A Few Quotations * A Little Bit of Humour: How the Internet Really Began