The Plague of Pietism #2 — Secular Humanism & Postmodernism

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What is Secular Humanism?

Vitruvian Man

Point of fact: secular humanism is a religion in its own right. Surprised? I was, too, when I stumbled across an article mentioning how the United States Supreme Court had declared it as such in the 1961 case of Torcaso v. Watkins (367 U.S. 488).

“Man is the measure of himself” as expressed visually in Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is their creed and motto (see the entire Star Trek franchise for a vivid portrayal of this philosophy in action within in a fantasy world having no basis in reality).

So what are the tenets of this religion?

Secular humanism is defined as human beings and human reason reigning supreme. Because it would be patently insane to swear allegiance to such a concept when viewed in light of the Scriptures’ assertion of mankind’s inherently evil nature, the polar opposite of this biblical truth is also posited: man is inherently good.

In a vain attempt to explain the existence of evil in the world, the corollary to this faulty assumption is an individual’s evil behavior is caused by external forces beyond an individual’s ability to control, such as:

  • Division of any society into groups based on criteria such as:
    • Skin color
    • Ethnicity
    • Gender
    • Age
    • Sexual orientation
    • Degree of personal wealth and/or financial opportunity — or lack thereof
    • Any other overtly distinguishing trait/factor.
  • Oppression by a “ruling class” towards one or more of these groups resulting in:
    • A lack of upward socioeconomic mobility
    • The lack of a “voice” in local, regional, and national politics
    • A lack of education
    • Religious fanaticism
    • Perceived deprivation of any other kind

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