Worldviews – Part II

  • In our last Fast Facts we noted that there are two basic worldviews – Theism (belief in God) and Atheism (the belief that there is no God).
  • Atheism rose to social prominence in the Western World during the 19th century when certain philosophers and scientists declared that “God is dead” and science could explain all of reality. Men and women no longer needed to appeal to God or the supernatural to make sense of our existence.
  • The inevitable result of this Atheistic worldview was the rise of a philosophy known as Secular Humanism. Secular Humanism says that humanity is supreme and that men and women are the pinnacle of the natural world.
  • In the Humanist worldview, since there is no God, humanity is simply an accident and a product of millions of years of random, chance events through the process of evolution.
  • Humanism declares that men and women are alone in the universe and therefore there is no ultimate meaning to life, nor any absolute truth or morality to guide us. In fact, for the Humanist, these are just concepts that humanity creates and defines on our own terms.
  • Humanism has become, today, the basis of education and belief throughout most of the world. In upcoming Fast Facts we will discuss some of the foundational assumptions upon which Secular Humanism rests, as well as its sad and disastrous philosophical implications for individuals and societies.

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