The old European secular philosophy includes secular humanists and other atheistic sects, such as the followers of Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Professor John Dewey and Fabian socialist John Maynard Keynes. Their agenda is obvious. It is the elimination of God as well as a moral foundation for law.
Their belief is expressed in the Humanist Manifesto: “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.” The first Humanist Manifesto, written in 1933, was published with thirty-four signatories including the educator John Dewey (Paul Kurtz, tenured radical professor, State University of New York at Buffalo, Humanist Manifesto II, 2).
Without exception, rejection of creation’s God and freedom for religious competition over the broad spectrum of private and public life gives rise to moral revisionism.
The religious presupposition for the secular humanist mind-set comes from Charles Darwin’s book Origin of the Species. Those who adopted Darwin’s God-rejecting assumption about the origin, meaning and purpose of life have no dependable standards upon which to establish human equality, morality or representative government. Truth, for them, is what man himself chooses at any given time and circumstance. Standards are based on wishes, perceptions and mortal goals rather than on established knowledge, objective facts or principles.
According to Darwinian militants, “There is no fixed limit or perfect form of knowledge and, that on the contrary, truth is always tentative.”*
The Bible is stamped with a Specialty of Origin, and an immeasurable distance separates it from all competitors (W. E. Gladstone).**
“The attempt by the rulers of a nation [France] to destroy all religious opinion, and to pervert a whole nation to atheism … [and] to establish atheism on the ruins of Christianity [is] to deprive mankind of its best consolations and most animating hopes, and to make a gloomy desert of the universe” (James D. Richardson, citing Alexander Hamilton from October 3, 1789, in A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897, published by Congress, 1899, Vol. I, 64).
*John S. Brubacher and Willis Rudy, Higher Education Transition (New York: Harper and Row, 1958), 306.
**Halley’s Bible Handbook authored by Henry H. Halley and published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI (republished since 1924).
~ David Norris