All throughout the bible God makes it clear that one of man’s downfalls is that we try to take credit for things that only God can take credit for. A good example of this would be if a homeowner hired an architect and a construction company to build their dream home. After the home was completed and a few years go by, the owner begins to tell people that they built the home with their bare hands and anyone is capable of building the same house if they want it bad enough. They begin to take credit for something that they did not do and could not do by themselves. This is essentially the premise of humanism. Many humanists make creationists out to be the weird ones for believing in God when in reality it is more odd to believe that we are the architects of everything. Humanists take a stance that we did everything and we are essentially a communal figure of God. We do not need a specific God; we just need to work together. If we were to look to history for an answer, we would see a specific instance where God saw this humanistic mentality and decided to tear down the tower of babel because once again, man was trying to oust God and become the supreme ruler and architect.
[Genesis 11:1-8] states, “11:1 Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. 2 It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. 4 They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 5 The LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. 6 The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing, which they purpose to do, will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
In the Humanist Manifesto III, the last paragraph states, “Thus engaged in the flow of life, we aspire to this vision with the informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals. The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone.
Although humanism has some very biblically based principles towards human rights, they strip the credit from the Creator and deny the fact that the only reason we know of these basic principles is because of God and the biblical account of creation [saying that they built the house]. Humanism is clearly a proponent of removing supernaturalism (God) from our existence therefore putting us in charge of making up the rules as we go along. This is extremely dangerous and is one of the reasons so many Christians who take on this mentality begin to fudge on the rules that God set in place as eternal and everlasting. This is the beginning and the end of any civilization and can only result in another babel experience.
How does this compare to enlightenment or the “age of reason”? The age of enlightenment that we read of in Gutek is quite different than the one that we see happening today. Although the age of reason leaned on scientific principles and natural law, there was still a respect for the creator and His role in things. This is not true today and humanism seeks to remove the Creator (God) from the equation. Good examples of this were pioneers such as Pestalozzi, Owen, Jefferson, Rush, and Webster were motivated by progress, scientific momentum, and human equality, but they still has a love and respect for the creator (Gutek, 1995, pg. 161). Therefore the age of enlightenment cannot be the same as the age of humanism that we live in today.
The humanist generation of today rejects God and his role in the human experience. I am of the belief that we need to be progressive and work hard to instill biblical principles into society, however, I refuse to deny credit where credit is due. This is why I have to reject humanism as a whole. What is your perception?
Gutek, G. L. (1995). A history of the Western educational experience. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.
HUMANIST MANIFESTO III. (2011). The Humanist, 71(4), 39. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/874547532?accountid=12085