The Truth About Humanism

July 4, 2012

The Truth About Humanism

            Vast numbers of people have accepted the philosophy of humanism without realizing it.  Many who profess to be Christians have been greatly influenced by humanism without realizing the incompatibility of the two belief systems.  After reading what humanists believe you will understand why Christianity and humanism aren’t compatible.  The humanistic philosophy has been subtly implanted into the minds of people.  We rarely hear people mention humanism.

In the schools it is taught under the heading of “social studies.” Sometimes it is taught as a science.  In college, humanism is taught under the name of sociology which is a study of human relations.  When humanism is taught to the general public they are careful to leave out some of what humanist really believe.  That is done to avoid a direct conflict with religious beliefs.  The humanists label religious beliefs “dogmas” or “myths.”

One secular humanist, by the name of John Dunply, declared that he is convinced that the battle for the future of humanism has to be fought and won in the class rooms of the public schools.  It will be fought, he said, by teachers who correctly view their role as proselytes of a new faith.  These teachers should have the same dedication as radical fundamentalists.  They shall be ministers of a different category, using the class room instead of the pulpit to impart humanistic values in all the subjects they teach, no matter what their educational level is or if they teach in kindergarten or in a university.” Taken from an article in (

Strange as it may seem, there are some who call themselves “christian humanists.” In reality Christianity and humanism are mutually exclusive.  How can you have Christian humanism when humanism denies the existence of God and rejects the Bible as a divine revelation?  Those who call themselves Christian humanists are what are called eclectics.  That means they seek to gather truth from a great number of sources.

Christian humanism is nothing more than humanism expressed in theological terms rather then secular terms.  An example of this is an article written by Charles Hartshorne and published in the Christian Century magazine.  He said that there is no difference between the fetus of a human and that of a mosquito or bacteria.  They all have life.  He even says that after a baby is born it isn’t totally human until its social relationships have developed.  He said “For that reason I don’t accept the belief that infanticide is murder.”  This led him to take the next logical step and say that he doesn’t see anything wrong with taking the life of someone who is senile or in a coma.  Can you believe that this comes from someone who calls himself a Christian?  One can’t be a good Christian and a good humanist, both at the same time.

Humanists say that matter is eternal, there is no God, that man and all life around him is the product of evolution, and that there are no absolute moral laws.  They also say that there is no absolute truth and no life after death.  They believe that what Christians teach about salvation is illusory and detrimental to the well being of man.  They say that man is of utmost priority in the universe, but they also deny that he has a soul.

Humanism doesn’t solve problems for humanity.  To the contrary, it creates more problems than it solves.  In spite of the fact that many have accepted this philosophy, and that it has been in vogue for a number of years, our social problems are increasingly more serious.  That is largely because humanism teaches that moral values are relative.  For them, the only indication that something is right is that it is accepted by the majority. Their philosophy is that the only thing that matters for us is personal peace, comfort, and prosperity.

Christianity teaches that human life is sacred.  Christians put a much higher value on human life than humanists do.  Humanism has resulted in the murder of millions of unborn babies.  It has also resulted in the elimination of millions of people by tyrannical governments such as muslims, communists and nazism.  Humanism is really inhuman.

We need to make a distinction between humanitarianism and humanism.  To be concerned about the well being of humanity is humanitarian.  Studies that fall into the category of “the humanities” have to do with human affairs.  They include such studies as the arts, music and literature.  Christianity, through the centuries, has done much to relieve suffering and make the world a better place to live.

Christians need to be informed about what humanism teaches.  It has poisoned the minds of our youth and caused them to reject truths we hold dear.  It is bringing death, destruction and misery upon humanity.  We must raise our voices against it.  Romans 1:21-23 says “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.   Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,    and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.”   A little further on verse 25, of the same chapter, says they “changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator who is blessed forever.”  We need to take heed to I Thessalonians 5:21 which says “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

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