Is Man the Measure? An Examination of Contemporary Humanism
Publisher: Wipf and Stock, 1983
An academically respectable description and evaluation of secular humanism is available at last. The diversity within humanism receives full recognition in this book, as does the fact that not everything about humanism is bad from a Christian point of view. Indeed, the author continues, there are many emphases within humanism that are compatible with Christian beliefs, a thesis to which he devotes an entire chapter. Part 1 summarizes in turn eight prominent forms of humanism: Huxley’s evolutionism, Skinner’s behaviorism, Sartre’s existentialism, Dewey’s pragmatism, Marxism, Rand’s egocentrism, Lamont’s culturalism, and the coalitional form present in the humanist declaration and manifestoes. Emerging from these chapters are both the differences between humanists and the consensus that binds them together. It is this humanistic consensus, writes the author, that most radically conflicts with Christian beliefs and that is the number one problem in the United States today. After the chapter on the helpful emphases of secular humanism, part 2 details this movement’s comparative inferiority, internal inconsistencies, religious inadequacies, and philosophical insufficiencies. The final chapter demonstrates that, while Christianity is consistent with the central principles of science, philosophy, epistemology, and ethics, humanism is not. There is no rational justification, the author concludes, for being a humanist.
Bastion Books is exploring the possibility of creating an updated and expanded second edition to this book in 2022 or 2023. The new edition may include chapters on transhumanism and posthumanism.