[COMMENT: I picked this up somewhere... David Noebel leads Summit Ministries in Colorado, which specializes in "worldview" conferences. Does a good job.
One needs to define 'religion' correctly to see clearly that humanism is indeed a religion. E. Fox]
In their 2003 New York Times best-seller, Mind Siege, Dr. David Noebel and Dr. Tim LaHaye explain, “The truth is, humanism is unmistakably and demonstrably a religion. One need merely visit the second edition of A World Religions Reader to note the prominence given to Secular Humanism as one of the world’s religions. Indeed, in a list of the world’s religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism—Secular Humanism is at the top.”
Some argue that humanism, unlike Christianity, does not force a specific set of religious positions and beliefs on people, but Dr. Noebel points out, “Humanists preach a faith every bit as dogmatic as Christianity. Moral relativism is foundational for Secular Humanist ethics; spontaneous generation and evolution are basis to their biology; naturalism is foundational to their philosophy; and atheism is their theological perspective.”
No less a source than the U.S. Supreme Court also validates the claim that humanism is a religion. Again, Noebel explains:
In 1961, the Supreme Court handed down the Torcaso v. Watkins decision regarding a Maryland notary public who was initially disqualified from office because he would not declare a belief in God. But the Court ruled in his favor. It argued that theistic religions [religions that believe in one God] could not be favored by the Court over non-theistic religions. In a footnote it clarified what it meant by non-theistic religions.
The footnote to which Dr. Noebel refers was written by Justice Hugo L. Black and elaborates the point: “Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism, and others.”
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