Packer and Howard – Classical humanism is an older form that flowered in the 15th and 16th centuries. It was impelled by the finding of manuscripts and documents… (the classical humanism vs secular humanism).
3 Foundational Humanist Documents:
1. The first humanist manifesto (1933) – Nothing above man – founded a new religion.
2. The second humanist manifesto (1973) – Added a political adgenda.
3. The third humanist manifesto, or “Humanism and its aspirations” (2003) – proud of it because it is short.
Biblical warnings against humanism.
1 John 2:16-17 – Christian humanist vs secular humanist.
1 Cor. 3:3 – think beyond your own fleshly desires.
Jer. 10:23 – no verse more directly opposed to secular humanism.
AHA’s definition of Humanism
“Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of person fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.”
The problem is that they want to affirm personal choice, but they also want to present themselves as the CORRECT humanist agenda.
1. Secular humanism is a *vacuous* religion of self-worship.
First manifest – “religions have always been means for realizing the highest values of life. Their end has been accomplished through the interpretation of the total environing situation (theology or worldview), the sense of values resulting therefrom (goal or idea), and the technique *cult* established for realizing the satisfactory life…”
“Today man’s larger understanding of the universe, his scientifc achivements, and deeper appreciation of brotherhood, have created a situation which requires a new statement of the means and purposes of religion. Such a vital fearless, and frank religion capable of furnishing adequate social goals and personal satisfactions may appear to many people as a complete break with the past.”
“While this age does owe a vast debt to the traditional religions, it is none the less obvious that any religion that can hope to be a synthesizing and dynamic force for today must be shaped for the needs of this age. To establish such a religion is a…
— They called it a religion.
— The difference was theirs was based upon a “SELF CONTINGENT” universe.
— We are thankful that the universe went the way it did, but the universe is absolute and could have gone a different way.
The problem is that humanism at its most basic is the desire for a utopian society.
“Humanism is: a joyous alternative to religions that believe in a supernatural god and life in a hereafter.
— this is not a joyous alternative any more than Hell is a joyous alternative to Heaven.
Humanists believe that this is the only life of which we have certain knowledge and that
— 1 John – These things we write unto you that you may KNOW…
that we owe it to ourselves and others to make it and the best life possible for ourselves and all with whom we share this fragile planet. A belief that when pwople are free to think for themselves, using reason and knowledge as their tools, they are best able to solve this world’s problems.
— They are implying that religion tells you not to think, seek, or ask, and yet that is the exact opposite of what God calls us to do.
New Jersey’s Humanists Association Declaration
“We are committed to the use of rational methods of inquiry, logic, and evidence in developing knowledge and testing claims to truth.
Since human beings are prone to err, we are open to the modifications of all principles, including those governing inquiry, believing…
— we are always changing our beliefs and understanding because we know we’re not perfect.
If you are a humanist, do you look at the majority of humans, or do you think you should be able to think for and decide for youself.
We live in a society that wants to look to the majority of people (democracy) and their beliefs should be the determination.
First manifest – “the individual born into a particular culture is largely molded by that culture.”
This is rediculiously unclear and ambiguious.
Oprah’s starbuck’s slogans — Live from the heart of yourself. Seek to be whole, not perfect.
“No experience is ever wasted. Everything has meaning.”
“The only courage you ever need is the courage to live the life you want.”
“Your life is big. Keep reaching.” — Totally selfish in thought — self focused.
“Be more splendid. Be more extraordinary. Use every moment to fill yourself up.” — Don’t be a servant unless that makes you happy.
“Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world.”
In a church located near a “christian college” during a sermon on giving to God and the contribution, after talking about the contribution, the preacher said, “you may be wonrdering what you should give to God. Let me answer that for you. Whatever is important for you.
Frank Bruni – an op-ed in the New Yorks Times
“Homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywehere. That many Christians regard them as incompatible… ”
Main goals of humanist agenda.
- Abolishment of God.
- Sexual libertinism. (anything that has consent)
- Universal right to education.
- Total open borders.
- One world government characterized by pluralism and diversity