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Secular Humanism

The Question of Origin-
As a secular humanist, the origin of life is nothing spectacular. Human life is a product of thousands of years of evolution. Man evolved from matter that simply was; there is no god who created life, it just is.

The Question of Identity-
A secular humanist identifies equally with all life, “Mankind is simply a more sophisticated animal” (Weider & Gutierrez, 2013). Because man has evolved from animals, we are not above them and should treat all life with the same respect.

The Question of Meaning/Purpose-
A secular humanist believes man gives his own meaning to life (Weider & Gutierrez, 2013). It is merely man’s responsibility to leave the world a better place after he is gone. A humanist seeks and finds fulfillment from the amount of happiness in his life and satisfaction from his desires. Therefore, seek what makes you happy and brings you the most pleasure. Having a naturalist worldview allows the individual to decide a personal meaning and purpose for their own life.

The Question of Morality-
There is no absolute moral code in secular humanism; the belief is to base your decisions on the consequences of your actions. A secular humanist does not believe in an all-knowing god; you are simply free to be your own judge. If it feels good and does not hurt anyone; you should be able to do it.

The Question of Destiny-
A secular humanist believes existence is over at death. There is no afterlife; you cease to exist when you die, and all that lives on are your accomplishments while on this earth. Your legacy is a measure of the amount of success and happiness you achieved in your life.

Biblical/Christian worldview vs. Secular Humanism

Question of Origin-
In contrast to the secular humanists belief that humans have evolved from non-living matter (Hindson & Caner, 2008), Christians are confident that…...

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