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A case in point – The influence of Secular Humanism
The reason we are sharing about the influence of Secular Humanism is not to scare you or make you angry or to start a movement to boycott, but rather to make you aware of the vital need for Christian higher education.
If you have never read the Secular Humanist’s Manifestos I and II, you may want to do so (you can simply Google “Secular Humanist Manifestos” or go to Humanist Manifesto II – American Humanist Association) – because our society is moving in their direction and by their influence. As an example, here are a few quotes directly from the Humanist Manifestos I and II:
- “The next century [21st] can be and should be the humanistic century.”
- “Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created.”
- “We are convinced that the time has passed for theism, deism, modernism, and the several varieties of ‘new thought.’”
- “The distinction between the sacred and the secular can no longer be maintained.”
- “Humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in the prayer-hearing God, assumed to love 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.”
- “Using technology wisely, we can control our environment, conquer poverty, markedly reduce disease, extend our life-span, significantly modify our behavior [emphasis added), alter the course of human evolution and cultural development [emphasis added], unlock vast new powers, and provide humankind with unparalleled opportunity for achieving an abundant and meaningful life.”
- “We affirm that moral values derive their source from human experience.”
- “Reason and intelligence are the most effective instruments that humankind possesses. There is no substitute: neither faith nor passion suffices in itself.”
- “Faced with apocalyptic prophesies and doomsday scenarios, many flee in despair from reason and embrace irrational cults and theologies of withdrawal and retreat.”
- “Traditional moral codes and newer irrational cults both fail to meet the pressing needs of today and tomorrow. False ‘theologies of hope’ and messianic ideologies, substituting new dogmas for old, cannot cope with existing world realities.”
- “Many kinds of humanism exist in the contemporary world. The varieties and emphases of naturalistic humanism include ‘scientific,’ ‘ethical,’ ‘democratic,’ ‘religious,’ and ‘Marxist’ humanism. Free thought, atheism, agnosticism, skepticism, deism, rationalism, ethical culture, and liberal religion all claim to be heir to the humanist tradition.”
- “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.”
- “Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful. They distract humans from present concerns, from self-actualization, and from rectifying social injustices. Modern science discredits such historic concepts as the ‘ghost in the machine’ and the ‘separable soul.’”
- “We would resist any moves to censor basic scientific research on moral, political, or social grounds.”
- “At the present juncture of history, commitment to all humankind is the highest commitment of which we are capable, it transcends the narrow allegiances of church, state, party, class, or race in moving toward a wider vision of human potentiality.”
- “Humanism thus interpreted is a moral that has time on its side.”
If you think this is a non-effective group of people with little or no influence, take a look at a small list of “card carrying” or Secular Humanists of the Year (from the Secular Humanists website).
Ralph Alpher – developed “Big Bang Theory” of evolution
Isaac Asimov – author and professor
Margaret Atwood – author of children’s books
Leonard Bernstein – composer, conductor
Johannes Brahms – composer
Mary Calderone – physician, champion of birth control pills and sex education
Charlie Chaplin – actor
Richard Dawkins – scientist, author, professor (Oxford) – opposed creationism and intelligent design
John Dewey – philosopher, education and social reform
Ann Dunham – anthropology, mother of Barack Obama
Roger Ebert – film critic
Albert Einstein – served on the advisory board – First Humanist Society of New York
Frederick Engels – father of Marxist theory, social scientist
Greg Epstein – chaplain at Harvard University
Joseph Fletcher – professor who founded the theory of situational ethics – leading academic involved in the topics of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, eugenics, and cloning.
Sigmund Freud – founded the discipline of psychoanalysis
Alan Guttmacher – president of Planned Parenthood, signed the Humanist Manifesto II
Daniel Handler – author, Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events, a Nickelodeon film and Netflix series.
Katharine Hepburn – actress
Norman Lear – television writer and producer – All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, and leader of the Netflix revival with Seth MacFarlane.
Simon Le Bon – lead singer of Duran Duran
John Lennon – member of the Beatles [read the lyrics of his most famous song, Imagine].
Seth MacFarlane – creator of Family Guy and American Dad!, Harvard Humanist of the Year (2011)
Bill Maher – host of Bill Maher Show on HBO
Abraham Maslow – created Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs used in public schools.
Lester Mondale – brother of Vice President Walter Mondale
Huey Newton – political activist, co-founded the Black Panther Party
Bill Nye – known as “The Science Guy”
Robert Oppenheimer – father of the atomic bomb
Elliot Page – actor who recently chose to be identified as male
Neal Peart – drummer for rock band Rush.
Anne Rice – author of gothic fiction and Christian literature
Anne Rice put it this way, “For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome,hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.
As I said below, I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.”
Gene Roddenberry – creator of Star Trek – “one of the most influential yet under heralded humanists of the twentieth century” (The Humanist Magazine).
Carl Rogers – psychologist, a founder of the humanistic approach to psychology; developed “non-directive” therapy used in public schools
Carl Sagan – astrophysicist
Jonas Salk – development of the first safe and effective polio vaccine
Andrei Sakharov – soviet nuclear physicist, human rights activist
Margaret Sanger – Sex educator, birth control activist, established Planned Parenthood
Jean-Paul Sartre – writer
Rod Serling – creator and narrator of The Twilight Zone.
F. Skinner – Behaviorist, author
Benjamin Spock – pediatrician, writer
Gloria Steinem – feminist, political activist
George Takei – actor of Star Trek fame
Ted Turner – entrepreneur, founder of CNN along with many cable channels
Nikola Tesla – electrical engineer
Peter Ustinov – actor
Gore Vidal – author, playwright, political activist
Kurt Vonnegut – author
Alice Walker – author, The Color Purple
Faye Wattleton – first African-American and youngest president of Planned Parenthood
Walt Whitman – poet
Joss Whedon – writer, director – Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Nevers. Co-wrote Toy Story. Directed The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Justice League.
Steve Wozniak – co-founder of Apple, inventor
Frank Zappa – musician, activist
And . . . a large number of secular higher education professors.
There is no greater time than now for a Bible college like DCC to be in existence.
All you have to do is watch the news and you will see that secular humanisms’ influence is growing stronger. The Apostle Paul (Ephesians 6:12 NIV) says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
DCC is a college that is true to the word of God, teaches students how to think rather than what to think, has embraced a multi-ethnic student body with Christ-like racial interaction and communication, and emphasizes a Christian/Biblical worldview.
President Brian Smith says, “I can think of no greater time than right now to support Christian higher education.”
Would you be willing to help with scholarships for students to be able to attend DCC in order to influence the world for Christ? Please send a check to Dallas Christian College or click on the donate button below and help change the world, one student at a time. Please be generous in your support of Christian higher education – the end of our fiscal year is June 30 and we would greatly appreciate your help!