I have decided as my next project here at RedLetterLiving to take on the topic of Humanism and try to discover how that aligns with the teachings of Jesus. The post below was originally published in my main blog at RJsCorner about 2 years ago, I think this is a good starting point for an extended study here at RLL
My conservative Evangelical friends would like me to believe that you can’t be a humanist and also be a follower of Jesus. From what I have discovered in the last few months, that is categorically false. The two beliefs align very well with one another.
Yes, there are differences in beliefs for different versions of humanism, but since there are over 39,000 versions of Christianity that kind of seems a lame argument against humanism to me. I’m sure some humanists are more aesthetic in nature just as there are Christians who almost totally ignore the teaching of Jesus.
Jesus was about caring for “the least of these”. It was a core part of his nature and teachings. Show me where the words in the graphic above are contrary to that? I have always been uncomfortable with the anti-science nature of many versions of Christianity. That, and the political ones are the reasons I no longer call myself a Christian. To me, those folks who reject science are simply too stuck to a few limited words in the Bible that they take far too literally.
It seems that in my old age I am just not much of a joiner so I no longer call myself a Christian and I probably won’t call myself a humanist either but I do agree with much of their philosophy. I definitely don’t call myself a Republican or a Democrat for that matter, both are now stained beyond recognition.
Postscript: When I wrote this post almost two years ago I never dreamed that Evangelical Christians would destroy the words of Jesus to the utter extreme they have in order for it to match their far-right political agenda. That fact will certainly be brought forward in the coming posts.