Concordia Theological Monthly

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Modern Humanism

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humanism, religious, humanist, philosophy, dewey, faith, modernism, naturalism, theistic

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


"Humanism,'' in the words of Walter Lippmann, "to replace the conception of man as the subject of a heavenly King takes as its dominant pattern the progress of the individual from helpless infancy to self-governing maturity." Modem Humanism has been labeled as scientific or literary or philosophic humanism and more recently as Religious Humanism. Humanism parades under the name of religion and claims to be "a cult or belief calling itself religious but substituting faith in man for faith in God." C. F. Potter, an exponent of so-called Religious Humanism, defines it as "faith in the supreme value and self-perfectibility of human personality." In the words of Prof. E. E. Aubrey the Religious Humanists endeavor to emancipate "religion from a theism which obstructs the full exercise of man's courage and initiative for human improvement." According to Prof. J. Auer a humanist does not necessarily deny the existence of God, but he will insist that a true religious experience is possible without the belief in God in the theistic sense. Humanism is the rankest kind of rationalism.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Genesis 11:4;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars