Hello and welcome back!
I’ve thought a lot about how I should present the next two segments in blog post format. I decided to be as brief as possible without brushing over the proclaimed values of secular humanism. It’s very important that I relate to you the lens of the worldview through which those who choose secularity over theism currently view the world.
Let’s both take another peek through this lens together, shall we? That way, we will be ready to compare other worldviews that clash with secular humanism more accurately.
Ok, let’s get to it!
Our perusal of the world of the secular humanist is important. Being a post-modern lens, from which to view mankind’s world, this secular philosophy has been around for centuries. Having been entertained by philosophers who refused to believe in the supernatural, it has only become popular as a worldview paradigm since the mid-19th century.
The effect of this worldview expanded from Darwin’s evolution then rapidly into the dominant worldview in the West that we see today. You might wish to review the historical information of secular humanism from the first post. Hey, it can’t hurt, can it! 🙂
This final overview on secular humanism only reflects, in the most general manner, what will be detailed in the book, 21st Century Confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose. The following wrap-up will be in two parts to contain the length of this blog post.
This overview will summarize several values — categorically — through the lens of secular, humanist thinking. The understanding of humanist values can be used by you to compare this philosophy against other the other worldviews that we will investigate next.
The following areas, that constitute a humanist worldview, are compact rather than comprehensive but they will provide all the information necessary for a clear understanding of secular humanism for our purposes in this blog post. The book will delve deeper and provide more emphasis on each of the following secular, humanistic attitudes towards life (For further reading on this worldview, please ask for references in the comments section below).
“They believe that truth and morality change with the times rather than being established forever by God as an ultimate guide to understanding what is acceptable to Him and best for mankind.”
Humanists view the world as strictly material. The denial of God and the supernatural is like a thread that weaves throughout their worldview about the world and the known universe. Humanists declare that the evidence against the reality of Almighty God’s existence and His creating everything in existence is mostly conclusive.
Humanists non only declare that the evidence for evolution is greater than that for God but also that Darwinism explains truth of mankind’s existence and God is, at best, a myth. Their subjective worldview of truth is subject to change with each new discovery or their individual acceptance by their own admission. In response to the argument that God is the creator of everything and the source of all existence, the humanist will argue, “If God is the creator of all that we can see, touch, hear, smell, and taste — then who created God?”
There is no room in their paradigm to believe that an eternal creator exists outside of time or that He created all and therefore is eternal — where the meaning of eternal is having no beginning and having no end. They deny the existence of a totally self-sufficient, all-present, all-knowing, and all-powerful Creator.
Again, there is no belief of anything beyond mankind to provide a pattern for responsibility vs. irresponsibility. This can also be transcribed as order vs. chaos. Looking at the world from this lens indicates a belief that, “I am responsible for my own life and to live as I see fit.”
In other words, there is no creator who set everything into motion and provided the guidelines that are outside of the secular humanist. There are no objective laws given by a perfect Creator that should govern our thoughts and behaviors and that will provide the best possible life for those who follow them.
Humanists believe that they have a responsibility towards the rest of the world. Since they believe that they are the height of evolution, it is they who must take the reins and control the order in the world because they are the highest order and all there is. There is no God, no fate, and no divine providence. All responsibility is in mankind’s hands.
The humanistic paradigm revolves around a certain belief that nothing is certain. This means that all truth is relevant and changing with each new scientific and societal discovery. This, in effect, is stating that there is no objective truth because what is subjectively believed now — will change at a later time.
Humanists consider science and the material universe all that there is and that they are open to the never-ending, changing truth of discovery — not relying on a fictional and stagnated, ancient book written by simple people trying to make sense of what they did not understand. They believe that science and morality is in constant flux; therefore, they are always changing what is true and what is considered moral reality.
They believe that truth and morality change with the times rather than being established forever by God as an ultimate guide to understanding what is acceptable to Him and best for mankind.
Self-Centered vs. Others-Centered
The humanist declares that he alone is in control of his life and does not rely on God for anything nor expects any divine help or eternal life. They rely upon themselves, other humans of authority, and science. They, not God, decide on what is right and what is wrong for them. In other words, by looking out for their own interests, they put self first. Self-will rather than God’s will best describe the lens of the secular humanist.
The secular humanist holds to the belief that they, not God, are to be sovereign over the world and in authority for the rules of morality that govern society. They expand on their self-proclaimed sovereignty by stating that they will not hold with intolerant, prejudicial moral values of a non-existent God like the theists do. They denounce God as non-existent but reserve the right to change their minds about that at a later date because truth changes with the whims of society.
That wraps up this first of two, final segments on secular humanism. Did you enjoy it? I have tried to present this segment without bias but openly admit that I hold the personal worldview of Christianity and my lens is from biblical conservatism. A response, relating to the question asked in the title of this post, is left to you, the reader.
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Until next time!
QUESTION: DOES SECULAR HUMANISM APPEAR TO ANSWER MANKIND’S QUESTIONS CONSISTENTLY FOR YOU?