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THE POLARIZATION OF AMERICA

By Patrick Vosse
 

 

HUMANISM VS. CHRISTIANITY

Bible XE "Bible"  quotations are taken from

 the New International Version of the Bible. Copyright 2002 by Zondervan

except as indicated

the Amplified Bible, Copyright 1987 by Zondervan

Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

I Cor. 1:20-25

 

 

 

HUMANISM vs. CHRISTIANITY

THE POLARIZATION OF AMERICA

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Prologue

 

Part 1 Evolutionism vs. Creationism XE "Creationism"

 

Chapter 1 ... In the Beginning

Chapter 2 ... Types of Creationism XE "Creationism"

Chapter 3 ... Creationism XE "Creationism"  is Poor Science

Chapter 4 ... Creationism XE "Creationism"  is Misused Theology

Chapter 5 ... A History and Description of Evolution XE "Evolution"

Chapter 6 ... Probably Improbable but We Believe

 

 

Part 2 Know the Foe

 

Chapter 7 ... If Not Science What Is It?

Chapter 8 ... The Pirates

Chapter 9 ... Flatlanders

Chapter 10 ... Of Friends and Foes

Chapter 11 ... The Inevitable tide

Chapter 12 ... The Gnostic Connection

 

 

Part 3 Polarization of America

 

Chapter 13 ... Implementing the Humanist XE "Humanist"  Agenda: Progressive XE "Progressive"  Politics

Chapter 14 ... Down the Slippery Slope and Through the Back Door

Chapter 15 ... Agendas that Polarize

 

 

Part 4 A Spiritual Island in a Sea of Secularism

 

Chapter 16 ... The Perfect Storm

Chapter 17 ... Community

Chapter 18 ... Decisions

 

Appendix 1 ... Classification of Organisms

Appendix 2 ... Genetics

Appendix 3 ... Human Manifesto

Appendix 4  ... Statements from the National Education Association’s 10th annual Yearbook


About The Author
 

FIGURES

 

Figure 1                  Gaussian distribution or “Bell Curve”

Figure 2                  Richard Dawkins’ Improbable Mountain

Figure 3                  Four giant steps in the development of Man

Figure 4                  Graphical representation of Christian Church as described by biblical prophesy

Figure 5                  Plato’s concept of existence

Figure 6                  Neo-Platonic Gnostic modification of Plato’s concept of existence

Figure 7                  Comparison between conservative and liberal judicial activism

Figure 8                  A comparison between the scriptural order of nature and the secular order of nature

Figure 9                  The slippery slope from evolution to abortion

Figure 10                The slippery slope from evolution to anti-Christianity

Figure 11                The slippery slope from evolution to eugenics XE "eugenics"  and euthanasia

Figure 12                The slippery slope using a series of crises to establish a world government

Figure 13                Percent of federally owned land in each state

Figure 14                Comparison between various concepts of salvation XE "salvation"

Figure 15                The perfect anti-Christian storm.

Figure 16                Chromosome mutation and four types of gene mutation

 

TABLES

 

Table 1.                 Survey result regarding Christian belief in evolution

Table 2                  Summary of hominid data

Table 3                  Estimated probabilities for human existence by natural means

Table 4                  Political orientation of American university professors

Table 5                  Political orientation of university professors by sector

Table 6                  Political orientation of faculty members by age

Table 7                  Political orientation of faculty members by age and radical left or activist

Table 8                  Comparison of the Communist Manifesto and the actions of Progressives

Table 9                  Summary of the Humanist-Christian polarization

Table 10                Pew religion survey results regarding Christian XE "Christian" beliefs about God.

Table 11                Reported frequency in witnessing about Jesus by selected Christian traditions

 

 PROLOGUE

 

 

Hot buttons. Press one and prepare yourself for a heated argument. It used to be that politics XE "politics" and religion XE "religion" were the hot buttons but, in the last few decades, we define the hot buttons with greater precision. Abortion, socialism XE "socialism" , euthanasia XE "euthanasia" , liberal XE "liberal"  sex education XE "education"  in the schools, pornography XE "pornography" , homosexuality XE "homosexuality" , recreational drugs XE "drugs" …the list goes on. The passion, pro or con, in these arguments is intense and growing. The buttons are more numerous and getting hotter. Typically, participants in the arguments were often labeled “Conservatives XE "Christians" ” on one side and “Liberals” on the other side. These labels were appropriate if discussing economics, taxes, and the power of government; however, the new hot buttons have merged with the old hot buttons creating a new dynamic in every aspect of society. The old labels do not define the fundamental cause of today’s polarization, “Christianity” and “Humanism.” I use these words in quotes because they are labels that require further definition. These issues are not debated like intellectuals sitting at their gentleman’s club with brandy and cigars quietly deliberating the pros and cons of the issues. Rather is it like adolescents in a verbal street fight hurling names at each other. I have also observed that, over the past few decades, the debates have become institutionalized.

It is interesting to note that 150 years ago these terms were not hot buttons. In fact, most of American society was in agreement on these issues. Then, about 150 years ago, a fundamental change began in the American (and Western society) and with it a new hot button – evolution XE "evolution" . Evolution is tightly linked to most of the hot buttons mentioned above. Humanism XE "Humanism" , although already a well-developed philosophy XE "philosophy" , surged into popularity at the same time. By the early 20th Century, Humanism was established throughout much of the Western world as Socialism, Communism XE "Communism" , and Progressivism XE "Progressivism" , all of which are joined at the hip with the glue of Humanist philosophy.

In discussing the polarization XE "polarization"  caused by the Humanism XE "Humanism" -Christianity XE "Christianity"  debate, it is necessary to be clear about the terms “Humanist XE "Humanist" ” and “Christian XE "Christian" ” as used in this book. A complete understanding of Humanism is best gained by reviewing Appendix 3, The Humanist Manifesto and we will explore the depths of it later in the book XE "Humanist Manifesto" . However, for labeling purposes, we can describe a Humanist as person who believes:

  • The universe exists without any divine XE "divine"  influence, all organisms, including humans evolved by natural selection

  • There is no God XE "God" , there is no spiritual existence, and the only existence is physical

  • Religion is an impediment to the advancement of society XE "God"

  • Morality XE "Morality"  is relative and defined by the individual and/or society. Moral standards change with the preferences of society

  • Sexual perversion, abortion XE "abortion" , and drug use are individual rights not to be condemned by society

  • Perfection of humanity is based on the advancement of society, collectively.

 

The description above is painted in broad strokes. Actually, there are many flavors of Humanism just as there are many flavors of Christianity. Humanism XE "Humanism"  will be discussed in greater detail in Parts 2 and 3 where we will reveal the relationship between Humanism, Liberalism, Socialism, and Progressivism. Christianity XE "Christianity"  is more difficult to define. The basic definition of a Christian XE "Christian"  is stated as follows: A person who believes that:

  • There is a Triune God XE "God"  who created all physical and non-physical existence

  • Man is a unique creation XE "creation"  made in the image of God XE "God"

  • God XE "God"  cannot be known through philosophy XE "philosophy"  or reasoning but he, and his plan for humanity, is revealed through the Holy Scriptures

  • Man is sinful by nature XE "nature"  and is doomed to hell

  • God XE "God"  begot a son, Jesus XE "Jesus" , who became a sacrifice for the redemption of all humanity through his death and resurrection

  • Repentance and faith in Jesus XE "Jesus"  and the efficacy of his death and resurrection is sufficient for an individual’s salvation XE "salvation" .

 

But, as discussed in Chapter 4, this definition does not cover the various “human artifacts” introduced into the practice of Christianity as we observe the “Political Church XE "Political Church" ”, Philosophical Church XE "Philosophical Church" ”, “Social Church XE "Social Church" ”, and more recently, the “Scientific Church XE "Scientific Church" .”

One can see that, by the definitions alone, the potential for conflict between Humanists and Christians XE "Christians"  is great. The conflict becomes even more intense when the basic philosophies of each are implemented. The intensity of the conflict began with Darwin XE "Darwin"  and his theory of evolution XE "evolution"  by natural selection (atheistic evolution). A quick glance at the contents page of this book reveals that nearly one-fifth of the book is devoted to the Creationism XE "Creationism" -Evolutionism XE "Evolutionism"  debate. One might legitimately ask, “Why devote so much of this book to evolution when hundreds of books have already been written on the subject?” I must admit I deliberated on this for quite some time; however, there are three important reasons to revisit this subject in the context of Humanism XE "Humanism" , Christianity, and the polarization XE "polarization"  of America.

The first reason XE "reason"  is that evolution XE "evolution"  in itself is an important element in the Humanist XE "Humanist" -Christian XE "Christian"  conflict. As such, it is important to see both sides of the argument. The issue is far more complicated than the efforts to prove one side or the other wrong. In order to understand how Humanists promote and use evolution as a tool in advancing their agenda in other areas, we must understand how Humanists established evolution as fact without meeting the rigor of the scientific method XE "scientific method"  necessary for other legitimate scientific pursuits. The methods used in promoting evolution are used today in advancing the anti-Christian agenda described in the Humanist Manifesto. As Sun Tzu XE "Sun Tzu"  says in his book, The Art of War, we must know the foe and a good way to gain insight to how Humanists promote their agenda is to study how they promote evolution.

The second reason XE "reason"  is that evolution XE "evolution"  is a thread that runs throughout the fabric of Humanism XE "Humanism" . Humanists use it to support Atheism, abortion XE "abortion" , and anti-Christian XE "Christian"  policies in our society and government. It is the justification for eugenics XE "eugenics"  and euthanasia. It is the door that opened our public schools XE "public schools"  to the Humanist XE "Humanist"  philosophy XE "philosophy" .

The third reason XE "reason"  is that evolution XE "evolution"  is one of the cornerstones without which Humanism XE "Humanism"  would collapse. Humanism is based on the presumption that there is no God XE "God"  and, therefore, Man is the highest expression of existence in the universe. This argument can only survive if there is no divine XE "divine"  Creator and evolution by natural selection offers a “proof” that there is no God. For the Humanist XE "Humanist" , the philosophy XE "philosophy"  of Evolutionism XE "Evolutionism"  is far more important than the science of evolution.

Although an important element in the Humanism XE "Humanism" -Christianity conflict, evolution XE "evolution"  is just the beginning. In Part 2, we explore how the concept of Secular Humanism developed among the Enlightenment philosophers and is now expressed in modern Socialism and Progressivism XE "Progressivism" . Although Humanism, as the organized movement we see today, is a relatively new philosophy XE "philosophy" , it has been with humanity for millennia, at least in spirit, and we will investigate how the values expressed by Humanists today were and integral part of the Roman Empire XE "Roman Empire"  as it began its decline. In fact, the conflict between Humanism and Christianity has been an integral part of the Christian XE "Christian"  struggle from the beginning.

The major polarization XE "polarization"  of America began in the 1960’s. As courts with activist judges XE "activist judges"  and liberal XE "liberal"  agendas supported abortion XE "abortion" , pornography XE "pornography" , teaching evolution XE "evolution"  in public schools XE "public schools" , and banned prayer or religious references in schools and other public venues, it became apparent that Christian XE "Christian"  values were under attack; not just by people who held a different view as in the past but by courts and government institutions. Humanism was becoming institutionalized. A Christian could not pray in school, but the teacher could explain how we got here without any divine XE "divine"  intervention. Students who raised objections to natural selection, prayed or wore a crucifix might find themselves suspended for a few weeks. The principles of Humanism XE "Humanism"  were gradually replacing the principles of Christianity XE "Christianity"  as the basis of social morality and ethics.

The implementing arm of Humanism XE "Humanism"  is progressive XE "progressive"  politics XE "politics"  and it has been a factor in America for over 100 years. In Part 3, we will explore the development of Progressivism XE "Progressivism"  and specific impacts it has on religion XE "religion" , education XE "education" , morality, economics and, particularly, the Christian XE "Christian"  community XE "community" . Also discussed are solutions and actions the Christian community can take to survive and thrive in an increasingly hostile climate. How can we raise our children in a society that promotes sexual promiscuity, homosexuality XE "homosexuality" , and abortion XE "abortion" ? What should the response be to a society that increasingly considers “Christian” as a derogatory word? How should a parent react when they find out the school has arranged for their daughter’s abortion without their knowledge and the courts support the school? What should a parent do when a child is suspended from school for wearing a crucifix? How can the Christian community engage and witness to the secular community? Part 4 investigates solutions to these issues. The early Church was faced with similar challenges. However, those Christians did not merely survive they thrived. Perhaps the solutions for the challenges facing the modern Church can be found in the early Church.

Talk about “hot button” issues! However, as bleak as this picture appears, there is a solution. And every Christian XE "Christian"  already knows what it is-–it just has to be implemented.

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright  2011 by Patrick Vosse.

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