Before we begin, it might be helpful to review the definition of some terms.
Humanism in part can be defined as, “an outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters.”
Secular humanism refers to a branch of humanism that is based on exclusively secular principles.
Through Another Lenses is a Blog Edited by Norman Graham. In his article Dated June 15, 2015, he wrote the following.
It’s a question I’ve asked myself lately. Can you be a Christian Secular Humanist?
In today’s climate in the UK (where I’m based), although I think it applies to Europe, the USA and Canada as well, Secular Humanism seems to be very closely allied with Atheism. Atheism being defined as a disbelief in a god or gods. Christianity and Atheism are very much set against each other although the two do have areas where dialogue should be encouraged and welcomed.
I was reading about Anne Rice, American writer best known for her vampire novels although has latterly written two fictional accounts of the life of Christ, although believing in Christ (though not Christianity) calls herself a secular humanist. There is a huge comments thread on her Facebook page running to over a thousand comments where this is discussed with many differing views voiced.
Some people feel there is no contradiction between being Christian and being Secular Humanist, as you can believe in a higher power, supernatural being, and want the best for your fellow humanity. Others believe Secular Humanist precludes reference to any higher power.
So, my question…
Can you be a Christian and a Secular Humanist?
Thanks in advance for any input.
I responded to the article this way: “So much of our challenges in life are in the semantics. To believe in a higher power or in the historical Jesus is not the same to many as being, “Christian,” or, “Born again.” To me, a pastor of an Evangelical Church in the US, you can’t have a relationship with the Living God, be filled with His Spirit, and hold to a humanist or naturalist world view. You can, “Believe” in the historic Jesus, and in a higher power and hold such a world view. However you can not experience the power of the Living God, have your life touched and transformed by His miraculous love, and hold such a view. Just my thoughts. God’s blessings to you! Brian H. Fontaine”
It has been said before, “Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship.” You can have a religion and accept both secular humanism, and secular naturalism. You can not have a relationship with the living God, be filled with the Holy Spirit, be united with Christ through His death and resurrection, and walk in newness of life with Him and hold such a view!
Father in Heaven, Holy is Your magnificent Name! May we be in this world but not of it. May we experience the supernatural in our everyday lives! In Jesus Name I pray, AMEN!