|The battle continues
| We see the ongoing “culture war” in the western world, a struggle between two worldviews. One we’ll call “theism” and the other “humanism.” One starts with God and the other with us.
Humanities professors in college use an old definition of humanist: someone who believes in the value of human beings and the significance of our aspirations, thoughts, and yearnings. That’s a different topic.
Humanism, as a worldview, puts mankind at the center. Humanism includes secular humanism (an atheist/materialist view) as well as spiritual forms of humanism. Humanist Manifestos I and II, and the Humanist Magazine describe secular humanism. Spiritual humanism includes Scientology and New Age.
Humanism does not necessarily exclude a deity, but it would define such a being differently. Some humanists believe that an impersonal force governs the cosmos, something far different from the theist’s idea of God. Spiritual humanists might imagine a deity that reflects us or that shares the same essence. New Age, for example, teaches that we are God.
The God of theism is holy and transcendent. He created the universe and stands apart from his creation. Theism includes Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and others.