"Humanism does not include the idea of a God and as such
is considered a philosophy rather than a religion. In a way, it is an alternative
to all religions. However, whether or not one looks to humanism as a religion
or as a philosophy to live by or as a way of life is largely a matter of personal
temperament and preference. Those caught up by its religious aspects know that
it provides a vibrant, satisfying faith. Those who think of it as a philosophy
find it both reasonable and adequate."
"I use the word 'humanist' to mean someone who believes that man is just
as much a natural phenomenon as an animal or plant; that his body, mind, and
soul were not supernaturally created but are products of evolution, and that
he is not under the control or guidance of any supernatural being or beings,
but has to rely on himself and his own powers."
"...although most Western men and women may not choose to identify themselves
explicitly as philosophical humanists or spend their time at humanist society
meetings, these ten points (of the Humanist Manifesto) do encapsulate many of
the basic assumptions of educated, Western, liberal society. Clearly the humanist
creed represents a major component of the thinking of many of us.
...The tenets of the humanist movement mesh well with the generality of beliefs in the contemporary liberal West even though the number of people specially calling themselves humanists is quite small. In other words, in one direction at least, the evolutionary doctrines of Darwinism have emerged as a point of wide consensus in the secular world of the twentieth century."
D. R. Oldroyd
"As non-theists, we begin with humans, not God, nature, not duty...we
can discover no divine purpose or providence for the human species. While there
is much that we do not know, humans are responsible for what we are or will
become. No deity will save us; we must save ourselves."
First tenet of Humanist Manifesto II
"...evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus' earthly life was supposedly made necessary." G. Richard Bozarth
"Ethics is autonomous and situational, needing no theological or ideological
sanction...we strive for the good life here and now...the right to birth control,
abortion and divorce should be recognized...shall not prohibit, by law or social
sanction, sexual behavior between consenting adults...individuals should be
permitted to express their sexual proclivities and pursue their life-styles
as they declare."
Humanist Manifesto II
"But perhaps the best example of group irrationality is Christian fundamentalism...The
most visible conflict between fundamentalism and science is caused by fundamentalists'
literal interpretation of Genesis.
...human existence has no other meaning than that we exist."
John R. Baker
"When the theory of evolution was advanced, that was the date that the
Juedo-Christian religion began the decline in which it now finds itself in the
West. The two theories are point-blank in contradiction one to the other."
editor of American Atheist
"The theory of evolution is universally accepted not because it can be
proved by logical, coherent evidence to be true, but because the only alternative,
special creation, is clearly incredible!"
"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." Romans 1:22
"The evolutionary scenario...utterly contradicts not only the plain teaching
of Scripture but also the very nature of God. Evolution is the most cruel and
inefficient process that could be devised for populating a world and creating
man -- and God should not be held responsible for any such system!"
Henry M. Morris
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour
and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and
compiled by Lynn Hofland