Humanism, the religion of US Public education, is a system of doctrine that appears religious. Humanists, however, deny this by calling their system “Secular Humanism” to remove the stigma of a religious system. Calling Humanism non-religious is a smoke screen because the “Humanist Manifesto” contains many religious statements. In several cases before the US Supreme Court Humanism has been defined as a religion. Here’s a summary.
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
Much like other religions, Humanists often meet weekly and have leaders they call Counselors, instead of Pastors or Elders. There are also congregations of Unitarian/Universalists and even some liberal Christian churches that would identify themselves as a humanist in philosophy. The latest creedal statements are “Humanist Manifesto III,” (2003); however, the earlier “Humanist Manifesto II” (1973) is much more comprehensive. Some particular statements in the “Humanist Manifesto III” important for Christians be aware of are:
Atheistic: “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.”
Evolution only: “Rather, science affirms that the human species is an emergence from natural evolutionary forces.”
These doctrines made for an interesting dialogue I had with a Humanist Counselor:
Christian (me): “We are on opposite sides of the question of whether there is a God. I believe there is, and you don’t. On the question of origins, you affirm the only possibility is Atheistic Evolution.”
Humanist: “That is correct.”
C: “As a Christian, I believe in a six-day literal creation. There are, however, other Christians who believe in an old earth and some who even believe in theistic evolution. I would say they are wrong in their theology, but I won’t declare they’re not Christians. The only model of the past that Christians exclude from their possibilities is Atheistic Evolution because we believe there is a God.
H: “So what’s your point?”
C: “Christians have at least three different ways to explain the origin of life on earth: Young Earth Creation, Old Earth Creation, and God Assisted Theistic Evolution. You are limited to only one: Atheistic Evolution. That makes Christians much more open-minded than atheists. We have three; you have only one! Are we three times more open-minded than you are?”
At this point, some Humanists explode in anger because they reckon us narrow-minded and themselves broad, free, and open-minded. You have just shown them how narrow they are, and they won’t like it. Next week: “How removing absolutes from education is fatal to learning.”
Charlie is the author of “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” which develops an evangelism strategy that gets to the Gospel every time you witness. His second book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” contains answers to more than 100 questions skeptics use to try to stump Christians. The third book, “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s DEAD!” is currently in the final editing process and will be published later this year. http://yourchristiananswers.com
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