SECULAR HUMANISM


Secular Humanism is the philosophy that has replaced Christianity has the dominant worldview in the United Kingdom and the Western World. It more than any other worldviews threatens the very existence of Christianity in the United kingdom. Few Christians understand what it .Most have imbibed its teachings specifically its idea that religion and politics should be separated and a "neutral" state should legislate  on what is good for society. What this does in effect is to reject Christianity as the moral and spiritual foundation of our society and replace it with an atheistic worldview. It is time to rise up and challenge this false philosophy which is causing the very foundations of our Christian society to be eradicated and causing social and moral anarchy as it legislates for people to do really whatever their hearts are inclined to do good or bad.

Excerpt from book: Basic Apologetics for Evangelism by Austin Baxter

Secular Humanism is a non-theistic philosophy that promotes man as the measure of all things. The word “secular” means this world, this age, this temporal sphere excluding the religious and divine. The word “Humanism” is the belief in mankind as the measure of all things. Secular Humanism is the philosophy that is concerned with man and his present temporal world and rejects God and all supernatural beliefs. It centres itself on humanity and the improvement of life in this world. Its roots can be traced back to the ancient Greeks particularly Protagoras whose slogan “man the Measure” has become the humanistic basic creed. Secular Humanism has become the philosophy of the Western nations, influencing society, politics and culture. It is a philosophy that rejects all supernatural and religious dogmas as the basis of morality, education and social policy and replaces it with human reason, justice and ethics. Secular Humanism believes that human beings can lead good, happy and fruitful lives without the help of gods and supernatural beliefs. Secular humanists are atheists and naturalists. They reject the supernatural and believe that the universe is a closed physical system. Since there is no god(s) there can be no absolute standards of right and wrong behaviour; all is relative dependent upon the circumstances and situation a person finds themselves in. Secular Humanists argue that since “man is the measure of all things” mankind not God or religious beliefs are the basis of truth and values. 


Modern Secular Humanism has been influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Atheists, sceptics, deists and agnostics such as Denis Diderot (1713–1784), Baron D'Holbach (1723–1789) François Voltaire (1694-1778), Emmanuel Kant (1724-1804), Thomas Paine (1737-1809), and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) stressed human reasoning over faith in the Bible and obedience to the Church. These thinkers taught that humanity should divorce itself from God and religion, and should create its own values and political ideas. Man is part of nature that is a biological machine. These views helped shaped Western culture and civilisation. Some of these ideas were the basis of the first and second Humanist manifestos of 1933 and 1973. Secular Humanism has become the predominant philosophy in Western nations simply because these nations separated religion from government. In the absence of a religious belief system to guide public policies, Secular Humanism has filled in the void left by religion to become the philosophy that influences all political, moral and social legislation. The British Humanist Association launched the Atheist bus Campaign in 2009, trying to influence people with their atheism and humanism.  Some famous humanists include Barack Obama Senior, Albert Einstein, Brad Pitt, Carl Sagan, Gene Rodenberry – creator of Star Trek, and Paul Kurtz founder of the Council for Secular Humanism in the United States.

What Secular Humanists Believe and their objections against Religion

The British Association of Humanists say that “they......are atheists and agnostics who make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment.  We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, individually and together.”6

Humanists deny the existence of God and the supernatural – We find insufficient evidence for belief in the existence of a supernatural; it is either meaningless or irrelevant to the question of survival and fulfilment of the human race” Humanist Manifesto II 1973

Humanists see religion and religious belief as harmful to humanity – “We believe, however, that traditional dogmatic or authoritarian religions that place revelation, God, ritual, or creed above human needs and experience do a disservice to the human species. Any account of nature should pass the tests of scientific evidence; in our judgment, the dogmas and myths of traditional religions do not do so…Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful. They distract humans from present concerns, from self-actualization, and from rectifying social injustices.” Humanist Manifesto II 1973

Humanists view the world and the universe as a closed physical system – Humanists see man as essentially good and not sinful as opposed to the Biblical view (Romans 3:23): “Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power for its achievement. He must set intelligence and will to the task.” Humanist Manifest 1, 1933.


Humanists see salvation and deliverance for humanity in science and reason, not in an external supernatural saviour: “Reason and intelligence are the most effective instruments that humankind possesses. There is no substitute: neither faith nor passion suffices in itself. The controlled use of scientific methods, which have transformed the natural and social sciences since the Renaissance, must be extended further in the solution of human problems.” Humanist Manifesto II 1973

Morality and Ethics do not come from God or a holy book but from human experience and life, there are no absolute rights and wrongs: “We affirm that moral values derive their source from human experience. Ethics is autonomous and situational needing no theological or ideological sanction. Ethics stems from human need and interest.” Humanist Manifesto II, 1973


"Secular Humanism is the philosophy that is challenging Christianity and all religions today. It is successful because it appeals to all men and women since it is based in human needs and wants. It is shaping social policy on marriage, family, sexuality, abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, stem cell research  and many other issues." Austin Baxter


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