Saturday, February 12, 2005

God is Dead, and Humanism is Born

Humanism is not dead, God forbid ;-) The mistake secular humanists make (if they make any of course...) is that theism, or deism, and religion are one and the same. In rejecting the first two, they unaccountably toss out religion with the bathwater.

A case can be made that life, love and nature are sacred to humanity. Further, the edifice of a "church" can perform functions on behalf of humanists that they cannot do alone. An example is teaching humanism, promoting world community, and opposing divisive theistic influences, from an equal institutional footing.

Humanists need to view Man scientifically, and to have an institution that oversees our interests. For too long, the organized religions have benefited from the granular, unorganized state of humanism - so much so that we remain close to a medieval world where mankind remains in poverty.

Once humanists understand the value of the "church" edifice, minus the theistic and supernatural aspects associated with it to date, then the movement will come into full flower.

Only then will we emerge from being considered as mere atheists, from being viewed in terms of who we are not, rather than as the species seeking to govern ourselves, as we are.

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Blogger David Wallace Croft said...

I finally acquired a copy of "American Religious Humanism" by Mason Olds. Check out our website:
www.HumanistFellowship.org

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