Secular humanism: Its roots and the danger it poses today
Today, ‘humanism’ is a fervently anti-religious ideology that opposes biblical values at almost every point. It ignores the reality that our nation has been blessed because of the impact of Christian values in education, healthcare, justice – in fact all areas of society. It wants to squeeze religious belief out of public life and supports assisted suicide, abortion and LGBT rights.
But this is secular humanism, which has its roots in Unitarianism and has hijacked the name and legacy of historic humanism.
The humanism of the Renaissance was entirely consistent with Christianity. It focused on returning to original sources – such as classical Greek and Roman texts – to discover what they actually said, rather than what was claimed of them.
Applying this approach to Scripture was crucial to the work of those like Luther and Calvin – and to the Reformation itself.
Our new briefing explores the roots of secular humanism, charting its development from liberal theology on both sides of the Atlantic and highlighting the danger it poses today.
Please join with us in praying that attempts by secular humanists to marginalise Christianity in the public sphere will not succeed. Pray too that society will reject their campaigns for assisted suicide, even easier abortion access, and liberal sex education.
Yours in Christ,
Deputy Director (Staff and Communications)
The Christian Institute
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