Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Kerry. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
Secularism is defined as the indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations. [Sounds horrible!] … Secularists believe religion is for simple-minded individuals who are hiding from the facts, hiding from their world assessment that’s based strictly upon facts alone.
Facts alone? Secularists are bad! Then Kerry says:
Secularism is materialistic and naturalistic, limiting reality to what can be tested scientifically. [That’s absurd!] But secularism alone cannot explain the substance of what it is to be human. What evolutionary process could have caused the formation of the appreciation and enjoyment of beauty? Likewise, how does science explain the human characteristics of joy, sacrificial love, honor, peace, hope within pain, certitude, virtue, compassion, mercy? What is the scientific basis for human equality, human rights?
Science is horribly limited! Kerry tells us:
In a purely secularistic culture, what provides the moral restraints to protect society from the misuse of science and technology? [Who restrains the scientists?] What teaches brotherly love? Or the meaning and purpose of life? Secularism alone cannot provide the basis for sacrifice, redemption and forgiveness.
Secularism is the biggest problem we have! Kerry continues:
How could the United States have ever become a country without declaring the inalienable rights that serve as the foundation for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution provided by Christian traditions?
We discussed that in Is America a “Christian Nation”? Let’s read on:
And in a naturalist world, wouldn’t we all just basically be cosmically irrelevant?
Irrelevant? Egad! Something must be done about this! But what? Perhaps it’s in the final paragraph of Kerry’s letter:
Scientific knowledge alone is inapplicable to the central aspects of what it is to be human. Secularism robs hope and solace that people so profoundly need. Secularism by itself is inhuman.
It’s inhuman! We’re doomed!
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