HISTORY

OF

THE HUMANIST SOCIETY OF VICTORIA INCORPORATED

50TH Anniversary

1961-2011

CONTENTS

(This index refers both to the sub-menu below this item, entitled HSV History text, and to the pdf, HSV History as on VH website, which may be downloaded.

(1) INTRODUCTION

(2a) THE BACKGROUND: (2b) The Early Days, (2c) Causes, (2d) Formation of the Council of Australian Humanist Societies (CAHS), (2e) An eventful few years, (2f) Young Humanists – if only! (2g) Membership numbers not seen again until the ‘noughties’, (2h) The Decline: (2i) Misplaced optimism,

(3a) HUMANISM IN THE SUBURBS: (3b) Not only suburban branches… (3c) … the Committee also, (3d) The nadir: things could only get better!

(4a) CONTROVERSIES: (4b) Social agenda wins out but the controversy remains, (4c) Change,  (4d) Oh dear! (4e) Reason, first, last and always? (4f) A stalwart dies

(5a) WHITHER THE SOCIETY IN 1988? (5b) On the move, (5c) Women,

(6) PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES: (6a)Humanism and religion, (6b) Relativism and a universal ethic, (6c) Things began looking up, (6d) Raising our profile,

(7a) REAFFIRMATION OF HUMANISM IN 1999: (7b) Homeplus Living, Inc.

(8a) FOREIGN AFAIRS AND POLITICS IN GENERAL: (8b) Passings, (8c) Can we compete? (8d) Involvement, (8e) Are we a religion? (8f) The religious instruction and chaplaincy debate, (8g) Issues, (8h) Where do young Humanists come from?

(9a) ETHICS VERSUS ‘GOD’ IN SCHOOLS: (9b) The Census, (9c) The UN and human rights:  what does it stand for? (9d) What do we stand for? (9e) Chaplaincy – again

10. JOINING FORCES AND A BRIGHT FUTURE

11. THE END

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