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Two Worldviews—Creation or Humanism

There are four great questions that man tries to answer in life. These are called the great philosophical questions. Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going when I die? The way you answer them depends upon the way you view the world.

There are two ways to look at the world. Some people look at the world and say, “You know, it’s amazing, a big bang made this world from nothing!” This view is the humanist worldview, which says man is God. Humanism is the philosophy from which the idea of evolution comes, believing that there is no Creator—no God.

The second way to view the world is that since there is an incredible design, there must have been a designer. This is the creationist worldview which says God is God; man is not God. These two worldviews are absolutely at war with each other.

How do we answer the four great questions of life? If evolution is true, we are nothing important. Actually, we are a bit of protoplasm that washed up on a beach after a big bang about 20 billion years ago. There is no purpose in life; so we might as well have fun. If it feels good—do it. After all, we are just going to end up in a grave to get recycled into a worm or a plant.

But the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” If that is true, we have a whole different set of answers to those four questions. God’s creation of the world means that we had better find out who He is and what He wants. We were created in His image with a responsibility to obey Him. When we die, our choice in life will determine where we will spend eternity—in Hell, separated from God, or in Heaven with Him.

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Leave17 Responses to testTwo Worldviews—Creation or Humanism

  1. Rocky Salit August 12, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    You are conflating philosophy and science. Science is not a philosophy, it is a method of understanding the universe. It only cares about explaining things in naturalistic ways. It says nothing about the supernatural, including God or gods. You are creating a straw man and a false dichotomy. There are more than 2 philosophical views to the world. Is it so hard to educate yourself?

    Evolution is the best explanation for the diversity of life on this planet. It says nothing about purpose, nor will it ever, that is not a question any science can answer. That is because the question is philosophical in nature.

    Humanism is a philosophical approach to the world, but it did not create evolution nor does one have to accept evolution to be a humanist. Are you ill-informed or just deliberately misleading (aka lying)?

    Evolution and God are not at war. You can ask, as I have pointed out many times before, Ken Miller or Francis Collins.

    Creationism puts God in a box. You insist that God could only do what was written in the Bible and that the first chapters of Genesis are not just metaphors, poems, or moral stories for people written by people (do you think God wrote the Bible himself?).

    Science explores what is and has happened. It is open ended. It does not force God into a predetermined situation but instead it lets nature tell the story.

    You can continue to limit God or you can let God’s creation speak for itself.

    • CSE August 13, 2010 at 10:42 am #

      @Rocky Salit

      The Bible says that every word is “God-breated”… Spoken by God. So, yes, He wrote it.

      (P.S. We don’t agree with all that you believe. Do you see us pointing you out and calling you stupid? Keep your personal opinions about the individuals of CSE to yourself and stay on topic. Thanks.)

  2. David Ray August 12, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    1. Self-contradiction – “This view is the humanist worldview, which says man is God. Humanism is the philosophy from which the idea of evolution comes, believing that there is no Creator—no God.” If humanism says that there is no God, how can it also say that man IS God. By the way, the actual definition of humanism via the American Humanist website (3 second search on Google) is as follows: a philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. Also, I note another misrepresentation of ideas. No, humanism is NOT the philosophy from which evolution comes. Evolution arises from systematically observing the world around us.

    2- “If evolution is true, we are nothing important.” I completely disagree. If evolution is true, I and all other humans (and all other creatures) are the unique products of a painstaking process spanning millions of years. We are also important to each other in that we support one another and help each other through the one and only life we have. We are NOT the whim of a magical being who can create and destroy with no effort. Do we really need to rely on an outside being to consider ourselves important?

    3. “If evolution is true…,[t]here is no purpose in life; so we might as well have fun. If it feels good—do it. After all, we are just going to end up in a grave to get recycled into a worm or a plant.” I disagree again. Having fun is great. However, given that we are also a part of a larger population of humans to whom we owe a great deal (companionship, our very lives, etc.), we have a responsibility to treat them kindly and to contribute to our society.

    You started off by misdefining humanism. If you look at the actual definition provided by humanists, you will find that it makes no “if it feels good, do it” statement. Instead, it suggests that we should live responsible, ethical lives and invest in the good of humanity. Please, if you are going to present someone’s position, present it accurately. Don’t just make up something.

    4. I love that last part. If the Bible is true – we had better…or else…. It sounds like what I would tell my sister when I was 6. “You’d better be nice to me or I’ll tell Mom.” Which is better, to behave well toward your fellow humans out of a sense of personal responsibility or to do so out of fear of retribution?

  3. Nigel McNaughton August 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    What we have here Ladies and Gents is the Classic Creationist ‘False Dichotomy’ mixed with a Straw-man. In this instance “My (Pious/Holy/Correct) Way. Praise the Lord!” verses “Their (Evil/Wrong/Baby Eating) Way. Praise Hitchens!” You don’t want to follow the ‘Evil’ Way do you? No of course not, then follow my way!
    Seriously folks, there are as many world-views as there are people. Just like there are as many views of Christianity as there are Christians.
    And Big Bang Cosmology is not Humanism. I mean really? Eric or whoever is recycling Kent’s old material, you would accept people misrepresenting your views so much, so why do you do it?

  4. Jon Richt August 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    Kent Hovind wrote the following: the humanist worldview, which says man is God

    Why don’t you believe that lying is a sin, Mr. Hovind?

  5. Ryan Vinter August 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Amen brother Hovind.
    I don’t like the idea of being nothing special with no morals.

  6. Joakim Rosqvist August 13, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    If Christianity is true, we are just God’s little toys created simply for the purpose of praising him.

    In the Humanist view, we may be the most intelligent and resourceful beings in the universe, able to /construct/ a purpose and meaning of life instead of just passively expecting to have it given to us on a silver platter.

  7. Rocky Salit August 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    The Bible says that every word is “God-breathed”… Spoken by God. So, yes, He wrote it.

    I am well aware that it says “God-breathed”, now one should look at the language and meanings for that. It comes from 2 Timothy 3:16: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

    The word used is theopneustos. It is created from the two words theos (God) and pneo (to blow). When ancient Greeks spoke of inspiration, they claimed that the Muses blew upon them (inspiration comes from the Latin terms in and spirare and means literally to breath upon). The Greeks even believed that inspiration was not a full possession and that someone could be limited in the output of their inspiration by their own artistic talents. Paul of Tarsus wrote this letter to Timothy and we know that Paul was classically trained by Greeks. With that understanding Paul could easily mean that the word is inspired by God but can limited by the skill of the writer in conveying what was fully inspired.

    (P.S. We don’t agree with all that you believe. Do you see us pointing you out and calling you stupid? Keep your personal opinions about the individuals of CSE to yourself and stay on topic. Thanks.)

    Where have I called anyone stupid? Ignorance means that you are uninformed or unaware. Saying someone needs to educate them self means that they are showing ignorance on the subject. Education is the opposite of ignorance. Stupid means slow or dull, thus it is a slur at one’s ability to learn. I am basing my assessment of their level of education on the subject by what they say. They are showing ignorance of the subject of which they speak.

    Also, how do you know what I believe? I accept the science behind evolution because it is based on facts and evidence, it has nothing to do with belief.

    • CSE August 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

      Our apologies to Rocky Salit. You didn’t call anyone stupid.

      We do understand the background of the term “God-breathed”; and that the Bible is the “inspired” Word of God. He moved the original authors to write the 66 “books” that are canonized in Authorized version of the Bible.

      Also, Die, the reason for the council to sit down and choose the 66 books was because of all the other letters and writings that were being passed around. The process was a bit more complicated than just a committee of men picking the ones they liked (and the Old Testament was already established by the Jews – The Law, historical books, Poetry books, Major & Minor Prophets…). Thee was a great concern regarding the accuracy and congruency of the writings that would make up the New Testament. You could say they took sort of a scientific approach – testing the writings and comparing them to the others, and validating the authors and their direct relation to Jesus Christ; and the consistency of the information – being compared to the Old Testament.

  8. die kerze August 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    “The Bible says that every word is “God-breated”… Spoken by God. So, yes, He wrote it. ”

    Are you aware of how the bible was put together?
    There where lots of different books around, and the early church decided which would be accepted and which would not.
    It was the work of a committee, and i dare to say that god did not sit on the table.
    The bible is a collection of myths, and it was edited lots of times.

  9. Charles Haley August 15, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    I don’t understand why Darwinists hate God.

  10. die kerze August 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    “You could say they took sort of a scientific approach – testing the writings and comparing them to the others, and validating the authors and their direct relation to Jesus Christ; and the consistency of the information – being compared to the Old Testament.”

    Ahhhh, that’s why the bible contradicts itself all the time.
    Sorry, but if you want to know what happens when fundies pretend to take a scientific approach you can look at the “theories” they come up with, no offense.

    I always thought they picked the books who fit their worldview, thanks for educating me.

    @ Charles Haley

    I don’t hate god. I don’t hate unicorns either.
    I don’t even hate christians, muslims, hindus or jews.
    As long as they keep their belief to themselfes.
    If you come out to the public sphere and try to evangelize, attack science and try to ruin democracy, i’ll be onto them (you).

    Have a terrific day you all =)

  11. Nigel McNaughton August 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Again, good thing there aren’t any Darwinists about. Anyway, there are plenty of Christians who accept Evolution.

  12. Nigel McNaughton August 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

    See this is why I still think Charles is a poe. It’s people like that that, hitting every cliche that make all creationists look terrible.

  13. Roberto Valenzuela August 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

    Actually, most people who accept descent with modification believe in a higher power.

  14. Rocky Salit August 16, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Our apologies to Rocky Salit. You didn’t call anyone stupid.

    No problems, I also apologize for coming off too sarcastic at times. It is hard to tell the emotions behind a post without the inflection of voice.

    We do understand the background of the term “God-breathed”; and that the Bible is the “inspired” Word of God. He moved the original authors to write the 66 “books” that are canonized in Authorized version of the Bible.

    Just making sure we were all on the same page and that it really comes down to interpretations, like it always has.

  15. Joakim Rosqvist August 16, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    > I don’t understand why Darwinists hate God.

    What makes you think “darwinists” hate God?
    Since I am not aware of anything God has done, I have no basis for either loving or hating God.
    I will make up my mind on how I feel about God based on how he acts (in the hypothetical scenario that I ever meet him).