Tag Archives: Humanism

Friday Phraseology: Secularism


Secularism: A belief system, attitude or style of life that denies or ignores the reality of God. Derived from a term that means “worldly,” secularism (and its articulate philosophical expression, secular humanism) focuses on the natural order of things as the only reality. Increasingly, however, secularism can be viewed as an attitude that even affects people who claim to believe in God and the supernatural. Much in modern culture pressures people to live in such a way that God is marginal and insignificant to their daily existence. See also humanism.


 

Evans, C. Stephen (2010-03-17). Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion: 300 Terms & Thinkers Clearly & Concisely Defined (The IVP Pocket Reference Series) (Kindle Locations 1587-1591). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.

Public Debate: William L Craig and Daniel Dennett on the Existence of God


William Craig, renowned Christian Apologist, author, speaker, and Research professor of Talbot School of Theology presents his paper as a one of the respondents on the the Evidences for the Existence of God in the Greer-Heard debate in 2007, between  theistic evolutionist Alister McGrath and prominent atheist and professor Daniel Dennett. In this audio record, Craig’s lecture (45 mins) on defense of theistic arguments is the response to Dennett’s criticism on theism.

Craig presents three theistic arguments for a Creator and Designer of the universe:

  • The Contingency Argument
  • The Kalam Cosmological Argument
  • The Teleological Argument

Full mp3 Audio (59.56 min)

Saturday Quote: William L Craig on Objective Moral Values


‎”By contrast God is a natural stopping point as a foundation for objective moral values and duties. For unless we are moral nihilists, we have to recognize some stopping point, and God as the ultimate reality is the natural place to stop. Moreover, God is by definition worthy of worship, so that He must be the embodiment of perfect moral goodness. Again, God, by definition, is the greatest conceivable being, and a being that is the ground and source of goodness is greater than one that merely shares in goodness. So theism isn’t characterized by the sort of arbitrariness and implausibility that afflicts stubborn humanism.”[1]


[1] William Lane Craig, “Can We Be Good Without God?” On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2010), 139-40. Print.

Sunday Terminology: Secular Humanism


Secular Humanism: According to WebWord Dictionary, “it is the doctrine emphasizing a person’s capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural.” It is a secular philosophy in atheistic nature which embraces human reason over any religions or faith system. It disapproves distinctively any religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience or superstitions as the basis of morality and decision-making, since it posits human rationality as the highest value which is the source of value without any reference to concept of the supernatural.

 

Gen-X Apologetics


Journal Article Review on Gen-X Apologetics by David Neff

In his essay, “Gen-X Apologetics,” David Neff presents three different apologias from three different books. As the adolescents of this generation are highly influenced by rapid social change, global village concept, cultures, and customs, they have undervalued the meaning and purpose of life. Children in their juvenile are highly shaped by their contemporary cohort and culture than intimate family. And they have lost their hope and faith upon God whom their parents believe and have taught them to believe too. The main point of the essay is to be equipped to reason the bombarded queries of seekers regarding Christian faith and social issues in the postmodern world. Continue reading Gen-X Apologetics