Here’s The Dilemma Humanism Can’t Solve But Christianity Can

Had a birthday a few days ago. How old am I now? Let’s just say, as President Reagan often did, that it was the 41st anniversary of my … okay, moving right along. It doesn’t really matter how old I became, what is really important here is that the occasion means I completed another of my allotted years, however many that may ultimately be.

But we all know what happens when we reach that final day and breath our last. We die. What then? Is that all there is to it? What happens after we die? If you are a secularist/humanist, there are, in the final analysis, what appear to be two possible answers but which are actually variations on a *theme:

Here’s one of them, according to author David Levithan: “Ultimately, the universe doesn’t care about us. Time doesn’t care about us. That’s why we have to care about each other.” 

Atheist advocate Richard Dawkins puts the other this way: “In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”

One might say Levithan puts a sentimental twist of a cherry on top of the bitter bowl of cold emptiness Dawkins offers us.

There is another answer, the one provided by Jesus Christ. But secularists/humanists are increasingly not merely rejecting the answer provided by Jesus Christ, they are becoming more intolerant and impatient with it, as seen in radical leftist Shaun King’s declaration this week that “all murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down.”

In King’s particular case, we might say that, to the man wearing racist lenses, everything appears to be racism. It’s not just King, though. Ever notice how all secular/humanist movements seem to create enemies, evil oppressors, that must be totally eradicated?

There is a reason Christianity inevitably becomes a target of movements grounded in any of the many secular/humanist variations of answers to the ultimate questions, according to Eric Cicero, writing in The Logos Herald.

“In a humanist society, Christianity becomes increasingly offensive. Christianity and Humanism differ in that they both look to different places for answers,” Cicero writes in a challengingly entitled post, “Why Christianity is Offensive in a Humanist World.”

Cicero continues, noting that “the Humanist places their faith and hope in humanity, while the Christian does in God. The Humanist savior is mankind, while the Christian savior is Jesus Christ.”

If you’ve ever had even a twinge of a thought about what happens to you after you die, I encourage you to read Cicero’s post. Trust me, it could very well be an eternally life-changing experience!

  • It’s a crap shoot, baby, and nobody knows the answer for certain until it’s too late. And there is nothing anybody can do about it. So make the most of what time and life you happen to get and don’t think about tomorrow. And don’t let anything, including those Jesus people, stand in the way of getting what you want.

Author: Mark Tapscott

Follower of Christ, devoted husband of Claudia, doting father and grandfather, conservative lover of liberty, journalist and First Amendment fanatic, former Hill and Reagan aide, vintage Formula Ford racer, Okie by birth/Texan by blood/proud of both, resident of Maryland. Go here:

5 thoughts on “Here’s The Dilemma Humanism Can’t Solve But Christianity Can”

    1. I can see why you might come to that conclusion, and you are certainly correct that secularism and humanism are not one and the same. Secularism is a more narrowly focused topic, certainly more so than humanism. But they are fundamentally related in ignoring or denying the foundational truth that God exists, that He loves His creation and that He has a purpose for every human being. Thanks for the response.


      1. I would argue that Atheism is the non-belief in all gods, (not just the god of the Bible). Secularism seeks to protect and ensure the freedom of reliagious belief and practice for all citizens.

        I have plenty of friends, (including a close ordained Anglican vicar/priest) who identify as being Secular Christians, and I would argue that I am a secular atheist. I don’t want my beliefs to trump those of another person, and vice versa.

        Humanism is a focussed on science to help with human freedoms and progress.


  1. And I agree with your definitions as stated. But the problem with humanism is that it is an incomplete explanation of and prescription for humans, while secularism is intended as a protection for religious belief/non-belief for all individuals, but too often secularists end up preferencing some over others.


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