Equality and Tyranny

vapausjohtaajJI0802_503_ulWe may take, as a not insignificant example, the stern commitment of every civilised western republic to the fundamental equality and undefilable dignity of man; the cornerstone of all democracy, and a principle to which secular humanists have proven most anxious to lay claim, as they so often do, citing the cry of their very first revolution; Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité! And the bloodbath that followed soon after the first utterance of the threefold dictum – the mass slaughter and carnage that marked the dawn of the Secular West – expressed the fateful flaw as starkly as mere words ever could. For once the scales of power shift and the fanciful veil of humanism is lifted, history has proven time and time again, as indeed it is proving now, that the iron rule that all men are equal is one quickly abandoned for the sake of expedience, and substituted for the view that some men are more equal than others.

–Bo Jinn,
Utopia: The Secular Delusion

God, Government, and Freedom

icon-fa-institutionWe must realize that the Reformation worldview leads in the direction of government freedom. But the humanist worldview with inevitable certainty leads in the direction of statism. This is so because humanists, having no god, must put something at the center, and it is inevitably society, government, or the state.

― Francis A. Schaeffer

The ethical bankruptcy of humanism

Clark pinnock copyAlthough the world cries out for justice, the basis for it has been disintegrating now that the vagaries of human will have come to replace faith in divine justice and eternal law. Although there is still a broad cultural consensus that it is right to be committed to the well-being of others, the rise of secular humanism makes it more and more difficult to support and explain any such obligation . . . All that the secular humanist has is his own present existence. Nothing has a rational claim to be of greater value for him. Therefore, no ethical claim which involves self-sacrifice, unless it promises due recompense, can win his assent.

The secular humanist who performs an act genuinely altruistic and self-sacrificing is presupposing the falsity of his humanistic beliefs. Loving our neighbour is not a rationally defensible ethic within the humanistic system. It is an ethic theologically grounded in the gospel and respected long after the erosion of faith because of its recognized rightness. It does not and did not grow out of humanistic soil. Logically speaking secular humanism is ethically bankrupt and its assumptions about reality when taken to their logical conclusions turn out to be inhuman and anti-human. The world’s deepest problems are moral and spiritual, not economic and technological.

–Clark Pinnock

If there is no God, who are we?

R ZachariasIf there is no God, what does it mean to be human? Who are we in our essence? If we don’t know what it is to be human, what is humanism? There are seven different humanistic theories of who we are, from the one end of Huxley to Ayn Rand to Joseph Fletcher. You just have all of these various definitions from ego-centric humanism to love is the ethic; on what basis? So we are now standing with our feet planted firmly in mid-air. I would say, while theoretically a person may block God out, logically there will be a breakdown because ultimately all enunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind. And if that moral doctrine is not absolute then the definer himself becomes undefined. That’s what we are living with – an undefined definer giving us definitions for our course, and we are being trapped in the quicksand of the absence of objective truth.

— Ravi Zacharias