Secular Humanism
The Humanist Manifestos I and II

   A few decades ago  Secular Humanism was widely mocked and disparaged. Now its the dominant faith of the nationís cultural elites.

   The moral tenets of humanism are replacing those of Christianity in our public life.

   A manifesto is a public declaration setting forth a set of common principles that serve as a basis for united action. Christians need to understand Humanism and what the Humanists are up to in our nation. Most people have been led to believe that Humanism is a non-religious system of thought or action based on nature, dignity, and the ideals of man.

   Secular Humanism is favorably presented as being compatible with, or at least not in conflict with Christianity. It is looked upon as somewhat of a separation of church and state situation. The word 'secular' is used to imply that Humanism is not a religion. However it calls itself a religion five times in the first manifesto. To learn about Humanism, we need to go to the source and read The Humanist Manifestos I and II.

   They are available on line. Before continuing you might want to go to a search engine such as google.com and look up "Humanist Manifestos" and read them. That way you can learn directly from the founders and present day leadership. The first manifesto is dated 1933 and the second 1973. Please pause here and read them before reading the comments below.

Comments on the two Manifestos

   Humanists do not speak or write in plain English. Humanists use many code words. For example, Christianity is never mentioned by name. You will not find the word Christian or Christianity anywhere in the Manifestos. Rather they use these code words:

In Manifesto I:

"orthodox and dogmatic positions,"
"archaic dogmas and ideologies"
"old attitudes involved in worship and prayer"
"traditional attitudes"
"old beliefs", unreal hopes and wishful thinking

In Manifesto II:

"traditional theism," intolerant attitudes
"an unproven and outmoded faith,"
"puritanical cultures"
"traditional moral codes,"
"narrow views"
"false theologies of hope and messianic ideologies"
"traditional dogmatic or authoritarian religions"

   As an example of this word game, here is a complete paragraph from the Preface of the second manifesto:

   As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in the prayer-hearing God, assumed to live and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith. Salvationism, based on mere affirmation, still appears as harmful, diverting people with false hopes of heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival.

  When you read, put your 'thinking cap' on. For example; notice above that they did not say, "faith in a prayer hearing God, they said "faith in the prayer hearing God."

   This portion of the manifesto is not an attack on religion in general or 'gods' in general. It is an attack on 'the' prayer hearing God and on the religion of his followers. We expect to show from the Humanist Manifesto that:

   (1) Secular Humanism is a religion.
   (2) The Humanist religion is the exact opposite of Christianity.
   (3) Humanism is at war with Christianity.

  The complete Humanist Manifesto booklet contains a Preface to the first Manifesto. Here is the first sentence under the heading Preface.

"Humanism is a philosophical, religious, and moral point of view as old as human civilization itself."

  Your Bible says, "Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Here in Genesis, the serpent's philosophical view was "as old as human civilization itself."

   Humanist calls itself a moral point of view. Some Christians have objected to Humanist viewpoints. More often than not the Humanists loudly admonish the Christian with the cry "separation of church and state", and "we don't believe that anyone has the right to impose their morals on others." Notice the hypocrisy in their rebuke. Humanism calls itself a moral point of view. They have been very busy in radio, TV movies, politics and even in churches imposing Humanist moral views. While no one seems to object to a humanist imposing morals, they instantly object to any mention of Christian moral views.

  All law is moral in nature. Below we have reproduced page one of a zoning law. Look! It is moral law.

ZONING RESOLUTION
SULLIVAN TOWNSHIP, ASHLAND COUNTY, OHIO

   Whereas the trustees of the Township of Sullivan, Ashland County, Ohio, under the authority granted them in Chapter 519 of the Ohio Revised Code, deem it necessary to promote the public health, safety, morals, comfort and general welfare to regulate the size, location and the use of structures; the size and location of yards and other open spaces in relation to buildings; and to carry out the comprehensive planning for the Township; the districts and the regulations of this Zoning Resolution are hereby created and established and shall hereafter apply.

   This Resolution shall be known as the Sullivan Township Zoning Resolution and may be referred to as the zoning Resolution.

   When Humanists write the zoning laws, they regulate the use of structures by outlawing in-home Bible studies. Do you want a local zoning resolution based upon Humanism or Christianity?

   In The Humanist Manifesto I we find fifteen doctrines.

Humanism

Christianity

First: Religious humanists regard the universe as self existing and not created. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

   The first doctrine of the Humanist religion is Evolution as opposed to the Christian doctrine of Creation. In reality, the Evolution/Creation argument in the schools is a religious argument between these two religions. However, to deceive, the Humanists deny that it is a religious argument. They say evolution is scientific but creation is religious.

Humanism

Christianity

Second: Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as a result of a continuous process. Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

   This second doctrine of Humanism holds that man has evolved contrary to the Christian doctrine that man was created by God.

Humanism

Christianity

THIRD: Holding an organic view of life, humanists find that the traditional dualism of mind and body must be rejected. Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

  The third Humanist doctrine holds that man does not have a soul. Here is how they put it, "Holding an organic view of life, humanists find that the traditional dualism of mind and body must be rejected." Humanists don't use plain English. They use the word 'traditional' in reference to Christianity. 'Dualism' to mean 'body and soul'. It is Christians that have traditionally believed that man is body and soul. Humanists believe that man is just another form of animal life. "Holding an organic view of life, humanists find that (the Christian belief in a soul) must be rejected."

Humanism

Christianity

FIFTH: Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values. Obviously humanism does not deny the possibility of realities as yet undiscovered, but it does insist that the way to determine the existence and value of any and all realities is by means of intelligent inquiry and by the assessment of their relations to human needs. Religion must formulate its hopes and plans in the light of the scientific spirit and method.  Jefferson spoke well of the ten commandments

"Almighty God hath created the mind free, all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burthens ... are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion ... no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship or ministry or shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief, but all men shall be free to profess and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion. I know but one code of morality for men whether acting singly or collectively.".

Thomas Jefferson

   The fifth Humanist doctrine denies any divine standard of right and wrong. Quoting their words, "Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values."

   Every time a Christian speaks out on a moral or political issue, Humanists loudly, cry out, "Separation of Church and State". The implication is "shut up."

  Humanists use Thomas Jefferson's speech to a church body from a church pulpit to 'prove' the so called 'constitutional separation of church and state'. But they will not quote Jefferson to 'prove' only one standard of right and wrong.

  Now, hold on to your hat, Humanism does not believe in separation of church and state. Here is the seventh doctrine of Secular Humanism. Quoting from page 9 of The Humanist Manifesto I:
 

Humanism

Christianity

SEVENTH: Religion consists of those actions, purposes, and experiences which are humanly significant. Nothing human is alien to the religious. It includes labor, art, science, philosophy, love, friendship, recreation -- all that is in its degree expressive of intelligently satisfying human living. The distinction between the sacred and the secular can no longer be maintained. "The glory of the American Revolution is this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."

John Quincy Adams July 4, 1821

   Did you catch that? They said, "Nothing human is alien to the religious." Also, they said, "The distinction between the sacred and the secular can no longer be maintained." What does that mean? Well, in plain English they said, "there can be no separation between church and state." It is important that we understand that Humanists sometimes use the word 'church' to mean religion, and at other times they use 'church' to mean Christianity.

 

   So, now you know, when a Humanist calls for separation of church and state he does not mean separation of the Humanist Religion from the state, rather he means, separation of Christianity from the state. Actually, they are trying to undo that our nation's founding fathers accomplished in the American Revolution.
 

THIRTEENTH: Religious humanism maintains that all associations and institutions exist for the fulfillment of human life. The intelligent evaluation, transformation, control, and direction of such associations and institutions with a view to the enhancement of human life is the purpose and program of humanism. Certainly religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as experience allows, in order to function effectively in the modern world.
 
 

   Notice the word 'control' in Doctrine thirteen. For clarification, we will rephrase sentences one and two. They said, "The control and direction of all associations is the purpose and program of humanism."

   They said the institutions to be controlled and directed include religious institutions. Religious institutions include Christian Churches, public and private schools, universities, seminaries, etc.. Put your thinking cap on, do you think Humanists should be involved in the 'control and direction' of Christian Churches, schools and seminaries? Wouldn't that be like putting the fox in charge of the hen house? Or appointing the wolf to the job of shepherd of the sheepfold?

   Reread the thirteenth doctrine of Humanism. Notice that Humanists believe that they must 'reconstitute' Christianity 'as rapidly as experience allows'.
 

"As rapidly as experience allows" "as fast as we can get away with it"

   Since the first manifesto was written in 1933, this reconstituting must have been in process for almost 70 years! If you are an older member of society, think back. Ask yourself, "How has society and my church changed in my lifetime? Is this the America the soldiers fought for in the Revolutionary war? Even, Is this the America the soldiers fought for in World War I and World War 2? A cassette tape study  on this subject is available and titled America The Conquered. Look for Tape #424.

   When you read the Humanist Manifesto on the web site you might notice that one of the signers is R. Lester Mondale, the brother of Walter Mondale a presidential candidate in 1984. Notice also the name John Dewey. (1859 - 1952) John Dewey pioneered the educational methods used in the nation's classrooms. In addition, Dewey's books influenced the rise of the progressive education movement. In Humanist Manifesto II this 'progressive education' is 'reconstituting' is called 'redefinitions and reinterpreting'. And if you Christians object then you are against progress and trying to impose your morals on others.

   For example, in the church, to change a Bible teaching, they would not change the Bible, rather they would change the understanding of a verse or change the definition of a word in the verse. Elsewhere in this course you will see how the word 'usury' has been redefined and Luke 19 reinterpreted.
 

FOURTEENTH: "The humanists are firmly convinced that existing acquisitive and profit-motivated society has shown itself to be inadequate and that a radical change in methods, controls, and motives must be instituted. A socialized and cooperative economic order must be established to the end that the equitable distribution of the means of life be possible. The goal of humanism is a free and universal society in which people voluntarily and intelligently cooperate for the common good. Humanists demand a shared life in a shared world."

Doctrine Fourteen calls for the replacement of the American free enterprise system with socialism. Here is how they play their word game in this doctrine:
 

Humanist Speak

Plain English

"existing acquisitive and profit motivated society" free enterprise system
"A socialized and cooperative economic order" Socialism
"equitable distribution" welfare programs

   With this double-talk they lay the foundation for criticism of you and your character. If you are for American Free Enterprise they come back with, "You are greedy!" and "Christians should not covet." If you are against socialism or 'equitable distribution' they cry, "You are uncooperative and selfish. Christians should share and share alike." They are very good at using our own teachings against us.

  We have looked at seven of the fifteen doctrines of Humanism as listed in the Humanist Manifesto I. In summary the mentioned doctrines are:

#1.   No Creator. The universe is self existing.
#2.   Evolution not creation.
#3.   Man does not have a soul, he is an animal.
#5.   No divine standard of right and wrong.
#7.   Humanism is to be the state religion.
#13. Humanist control and direction of all associations and institutions.
#14. Replacement of the American free enterprise system with socialism.

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