First what is secular humanism?
Secular humanism is a humanist philosophy that upholds reason, ethics and justice, and specifically rejects the supernatural and the spiritual as the basis of moral reflection and decision-making. Like other types of humanism, secular humanism is a life stance focusing on the way human beings can lead good and happy lives.
How is it contributing to our society in a bad way?
Yes. In a number of ways! I will briefly go over a few. Here is a great chart!
Humanists usually do not believe that God even exists. Humanists believe mankind is the highest entity. (“Man is the measure of all things.”)
Humanism see man as basically good. Thinks that people should feel good about themselves regardless of their behavior. Tries to deal with guilt by positive self-talk.
Rejects the idea of a “sin nature.” Believes that whatever I want to do is ok, as long as it “doesn’t hurt anyone else.” (But is often shortsighted in deciding what may hurt someone else!) Tendency to rationalize that all behavior that I wish to do is acceptable.
Humanists believe some things are right for some people and some situations that may be “wrong” for other people and other situations. There is no absolute right and wrong. Everything depends on the situation.
Do you see how all of this can lead to post-modernism!
What does post-Christian mean? Are we there?
a post-Christian world is one where Christianity is no longer the dominant civil religion, but one that has, gradually over extended periods of time, assumed values, culture, and worldviews that are not necessarily Christian (and further may not necessarily reflect any world religion’s standpoint).
America is leaning that way. I do believe.
Here is a good article discussing the differences in Christianity and Secular humanism and some great links.
We see a sharp distinction between a distant God in the visions who has simply prescribed all in advancements verses a God who is involved in everyday life in the narrative stories.
It is an interesting difference to note.
I think all through out history we see this and sometimes in our own life we feel this. Times of distance and times of intimacy with God. Out personal God, the Creator, Sustainor, King and Friend.
It is a topic worth pursuing more in thought and in philosophy and Theology.
American Christianity has become the periphery faith. Christianity is no longer the center of a Christian’s identify, but just another facet of one’s life. I’ve been reading Philosophical Foundation For a Christian Worldview by Moreland and Craig.
It is a sad reality but true. The main institution of Western American civilization is the University. But Universities are no longer teaching truth and theology. Becuase Universities have lost sight of truth, so has our nation. “False ideas are the greatest obstacle to the reception of the Gospel.”
Christian faith in America is wide but not deep. Hollow men, empty shelves that do not know what they believe. Christians used to be able to argue basic fundamental arguments for their faith but today American Christians are very shallow and lost the understandings of philosophy and theology.
R.C. Sproul has called this the most anti-intellectual period in the history of the of the church!
That sucks! Let us not continue to be this way. Our generation is not as cultivated in the realms of philosophy, intellect, history, theology as our previous forefathers! Let us make serious change!