He damned the whole human race and cursed the entire creation because of the acts of two people (Genesis 3:16-23; Romans 5:18); he drowned pregnant women and innocent children and animals at the time of the Flood (Genesis 7:20-23); he tormented the Egyptians and their animals with hail and disease because pharaoh refused to let the Israelites leave Egypt (Exodus 9:8-11,25); and he killed Egyptian babies at the time of the Passover (Exodus 12:29-30).
After the Exodus he ordered the Israelites to exterminate the men, women, and children of seven nations and steal their land (Deuteronomy 7:1-2); he killed King David’s baby because of David’s adultery with Bathsheba (II Samuel 12:13-18); he required the torture and murder of his own son (e.g., Romans 3:24-25); and he promised to send non-Christians to eternal torture (e.g., Revelation 21:8).
So why don’t the Humanists reject the Romans? Talk about bloodthirsty!
The elite have never stopped identifying themselves with the “glorious” ancient civilizations whose whose splendor is a tribute to their gods who empowered them to slaughter billions of people in endless wars and amass wealth through pillage, enslavement of the masses, and impoverishment of other peoples through theft of their resources.
This utterly biased propagandist doesn’t share the reasons behind the biblical judgment of people who, with forethought, rebelled against the source of life and wreaked havoc on those who were the innocent.
But Humanists flagrantly judge and condemn those who simply don’t agree with them.
- Mrs. Adam chose to separate from the infinite source of life thereby bringing about separation on her genetics / all her offspring. Much like the children afflicted with Fetal alcohol syndrome.
- Corruption of the human genome had reached the point of virtual elimination of the human race other than Noah, his wife and three sons.
- Pharaoh and the Egyptians had been tormenting not just the Hebrews but slaves and tributaries throughout their empire.
Humanists can’t single out the activities in the Bible and at the same time exonerate every humanist nation that has done far worse.
Elitist humanists always overlook the inhumane cruelties of the wealthy nations they idolize (get it?) and associate themselves with.
Such as France.
In the modern American consciousness, the French Revolution might evoke imagery of guillotines, Marie Antoinette…and lots of angry French citizens. For humanists, the French Revolution marks the beginning of a new age of enlightenment, freedom, and rational thought.
See the previous post Renaissance vs Reformation for updates on how that turned out.
the Bible has other violent tales that are opposed to civilized standards of morality.
Seriously? Seriously?! The most civilized nation in the world was Germany, a humanist nation if ever there was one, and it was guilty of – one of – the greatest acts of inhumanity against humanity.
- the great poets and writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–1781) and Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805).
- The Sturm und Drang romantic movement
- Immanuel Kant‘s paradigm shift.
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) was the most influential composer of the period from classical to Romantic music, Franz Schubert (1797–1828) and Robert Schumann (1810–1856).
- In opera, a new Romantic atmosphere combining supernatural terror and melodramatic plot in a folkloric context was first successfully achieved by Carl Maria von Weber(1786–1826) and perfected by Richard Wagner (1813–1883) in his Ring Cycle.
- The Brothers Grimm (1785–1863 & 1786–1859) collected folk stories into the popular Grimm’s Fairy Tales and are ranked among the founding fathers of German studies,
- the Deutsches Wörterbuch (“The German Dictionary”), the most comprehensive work on the German language,
- University professors developed international reputations, especially in the humanities
- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775–1854), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), Max Weber (1864–1920), Karl Marx (1818–1883) and Friedrich Engels (1820–1895) in philosophy,
- Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768–1834) in theology
- Leopold von Ranke (1795–1886) in history became famous.
- The University of Berlin, founded in 1810, became the world’s leading university.
- Von Ranke professionalized history and set the world standard for historiography.
- By the 1830s mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology had emerged with world class science, led by Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) in natural science and Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777–1855) in mathematics.
- Young intellectuals often turned to politics.
One of the great legal innovations of the post-[WWII] world is the concept of crimes against humanity. Aimed at the protection of civilian populations during both peacetime and wartime, even from civilian populations’ own governments, it remains a major pillar of international law to this day. The revolutionary concept was developed on the eve of the Trial of the Major War Criminals at Nuremberg (1945-1946), and then sharpened in subsequent US trials in occupied Germany between 1946 and 1949.
The world had been disturbed by mass crimes against civilians throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century, ranging from atrocities during the Greek war of independence to pogroms against Jews in the Russian empire…the Ottoman Turkish government’s mass killing of its Armenian population in eastern Anatolia…
The unprecedented nature of Nazi Germany’s crimes against Jews and other civilian populations in Europe were clear…that Nazi crimes against civilian populations were distinct from German military operations, that crimes on a large scale had begun before the war against Jews and others who were actually German citizens, and that these crimes were systematic in nature, carried out at the behest of the government and not by a few rogue military or police officers without official approval.
We all have an idea of what a civilized society looks like. We like classical music, we go to the theatre, we play the piano, we like to read nice novels, we like to hear poetry and we take our children for walks in the countryside. We think all those things make us civilized.
But look at Reinhard Heydrich: he had a piano in his office and would play Mozart at lunchtime. Then, in the afternoon, he would organise countless deaths in the concentration camps. He would sign away the lives of millions of people with the sweep of a pen.
It’s important to understand that civilisation is more than just culture. Civilisation is about morality and behaving correctly…
It’s easy to say that Hitler was a deranged lunatic assisted by a gang of criminals, and that the people of Germany were either a bit awful or they were intimidated by the Gestapo. But the truth is more nuanced, and it should force us to think about ourselves.
Not many of us would be among those brave and individual thinkers who would stand up and say, “This is wrong”.
Gradually, by continually compromising, people can end up in that position.
In 1938, when Austria was being invaded, [Franz Stengl] was a police detective in the Austrian police force. Somebody told him that the Nazis were coming in one Monday morning, so he broke into his personnel file and put in a falsified Nazi Party membership card.
Stangl forged the card; he wasn’t a member of the Nazi party.
When the Nazis occupied, they immediately went through the files of all the policemen and identified Stangl as a party member. It was a tremendous lie, but enabled him to keep his job.
Consequently, he ended up in the T-4 programme, because he was seen as a reliable person. T-4 was a euthanasia programme that aimed to kill off the physically and mentally handicapped.
Stangl then got the job of a commandant at Treblinka, which was a pure and simple death camp. He ended up being the master of death, responsible in one year for nearly a million Jewish deaths.
This should help explain why complete separation from corrupting influences is required to maintain a safe environment.
Among the most shocking Bible passages are those that portray God as ordering or approving the extermination of various people, including children and the elderly. Here are examples:
- At I Samuel 15:3, the prophet Samuel gives King Saul this commandment from the Lord: “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”
- Ezekiel 9:4-7 has this harrowing account: “And the Lord said unto him, Go through . . . the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark. . . .”
- Deuteronomy 32:23-25 says that after the Israelites incited God’s jealousy by worshiping other gods, he vowed: “I will spend mine arrows upon them. . . . The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.”
- In Numbers chapter 31, the Lord approves of these instructions that Moses gave to the Israelite soldiers about how to treat certain women and children captured in war: “Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.”
These verses expose the biblical God as having the morals of a sociopathic mass murderer.
Au contraire! These verses expose the morals of all the nations of the world, not only in the ancient civilizations but in modern times, from whom God was protecting his people.
Exactly like the Allies against the Axis powers.
An estimated 40 to 50 million people died during World War II. Among the Allied powers, the U.S.S.R. suffered the greatest total number of dead: perhaps 18 million. An estimated 6 million Poles died, which was 20 percent of Poland’s prewar population. About 300,000 Americans died. Among the Axis powers, there were about 4,200,000 German deaths and about 1,972,000 Japanese deaths.
The combined Axis body count for civilians far exceeds that for the Allies…say 12 -14 million as a conservative estimate.The Japanese killed between 3 and 10 million ( figures are still argued about) with most agreeing 10 million as the closest estimate. The western Allies were guilty of far fewer civilian deaths and did not practice any form of genocide or mass murder.
The money cost to governments involved has been estimated at more than $1,000,000,000,000but this figure cannot represent the human misery, deprivation, and suffering, the dislocation of peoples and of economic life, or the sheer physical destruction of property that the war involved.
Examples of God’s Other Cruel Methods
The God of the Bible displayed his sadistic tendencies by employing a variety of other means to torment and kill people.
In answer, besides this writer applying the same arguments that the God of the Bible has a responsibility to defend his children, it is obvious that the Humanists are blatantly biased against the statistically rare occurrences reported about God in contrast to the millennias-long hundreds of not thousands of occurrences by their idolized ancient emperors from the earliest macabre accounts on Sumerian stone tablets to the gruesome spectacles lavished on the public by the Caesars.
- One time God caused the earth to open and swallow entire families (Numbers 16:37-32);
- he used fire to devour people (e.g., Leviticus 10:1-2; Numbers 11:1-2);
- and he punished the Israelites with wars, famines, and pestilences (e.g., Ezekiel 5:11-17) – actually those were consequences, not punishments
- He sent wild animals such as bears (II Kings 2:23-24), lions (II Kings 17:24-25), and serpents (Numbers 21:6) to attack people;
- he sanctioned slavery (e.g., Leviticus 25:44-46) – UNLIKE ALL THE REST OF THE WORLD? It was a way of life for which the only alternative was destitute homelessness after being defeated in a war.
- he ordered religious persecution (e.g., Deuteronomy 13:12-16); UNLIKE ALL THE REST OF THE WORLD when religion WAS politics?
- and he caused cannibalism (Jeremiah 19:9). Read into that situation whatever you want. Desperation maybe? Like the Donner party, maybe?
Disproportionate Punishments by the Lord
The biblical God is also guilty of inflicting punishments that are grossly disproportionate to the acts committed. In the American legal system, such disproportion violates the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishments.
Oh, wow. And the Humanists are holding to the American legal system by holding only the God of the Bible, not any of the other ancient nations AND THEIR GODS, to the standards of the modern American judicial system?
God’s Violence Incites Human Violence
A serious problem with the violence and injustice in the Bible is that, all too often, the teachings and example of the biblical God have incited cruel acts by his followers…
led the American patriot Thomas Paine to say, “The belief in a cruel god makes a cruel man.”
Joseph McCabe’s treatise The History of Torture illustrates the reasoning process. McCabe reports that during the Middle Ages, there was more torture used in Christian Europe than in any society in history.
Oh now that’s just libelous. There is no way that Mr. McCabe is able to accurately collect that data on all the other societies in history. And there is no statistically fair comparison between “Christian Europe in the Middle Ages” comprising an historic population explosion in a large geopolitical sphere to far smaller societies in ancient times.
Oh now we’re getting to the bottom of Humanism’s aim. (That’s a pun.)
This is a classic defense posture called projection – accusing someone else of your own actions.
Serious social problems should be investigated thoughtfully by professionals, not mocked by entertainers.
The men of Renaissance Florence were so renowned for sodomy that “Florenzer” in German meant “sodomite.” In the late fifteenth century, as many as one in two Florentine men had come to the attention of the authorities for sodomy by the time they were thirty…nearly all Florentine males probably had some kind of same-sex experience as a part of their “normal” sexual life…
author Michael Rocke…in his vivid depiction of this vibrant sexual culture in a world where these same-sex acts were…an integral part of a normal masculine identity. Rocke roots this sexual activity in the broader context of Renaissance Florence, with its social networks of families…and its busy political life from the early years of the Republic through…the beginning of Medici princely rule. His richly detailed book paints a fascinating picture of Renaissance Florence and calls into question our modern conceptions of gender and sexual identity.
Calls into question? Not for women it doesn’t. No question that this was not a good place for females to grow up or raise a family.
“Heterosexual anal intercourse was, in fact, a standard if reprehensible contraceptive method in France…as it had been in Classical Greece…used their wives “more by the rear than the front, and only made use of the front in order to have children”…
Enduring sexual relationships and marriages often began with violent seductions that could be legally classified as rape. Consequently, the rape of young women of marriageable age received the lightest punishment of any sexual crime. On the other hand… rape of a noblewoman by a plebeian, or the seduction (as it was presented) of a nobleman from his familial duties by a common woman– these were taken most seriously of all because the patricians who applied the law were interested not in upholding Christian morality, but in defending patrician honor and family continuity [i.e. economic and political power, such as the Borgias]. (Trumbach, 507-508)
With the reformation in the sixteenth century, sexuality in Ruggerio’s world of marriage changed significantly…the reformation brought forth the ideas that marital love, mutual pleasure and desire, and enhancement of marriage could be achieved with, or benefit from, the practice of sexual intercourse. Although moderation was still advised, and sex outside of marriage was still condemned, sex became a part of the emerging romantic love where marriage was based on romance rather than on family interests.
“The Protestant attitude toward sexuality rested upon a larger system of beliefs about the family. Just as reformation ideas emphasized the importance of the individual, so too did Protestantism encourage a heightened sense of the family as a discrete unit. Once deeply embedded with in kinship and community networks, the nuclear family that emerged in this period stood as an independent entity, a “little commonwealth” ruled by its own patriarch, and mirroring the political unit of the state. Courtship and marriage within the middle and upper classes continued to hinge largely upon property alliances. . . For other social groups, however, love became one element in the choice of a mate. Once wed, husbands and wives were encouraged to learn to love each other, a significant departure from an older ideal of extramarital and unrequited courtly love.” (D’Emilio and Freedman, 4)
In Ruggerio’s libertine world, there lived the prostitutes (courtesans), the sexual criminals and perverts, and the sodomites. Prostitution was widespread in the Renaissance…
Although the term “sodomite” had different connotations during the Renaissance, it did include the practice of homosexuality. However, sodomy also included other activities such as bestiality, and general debauchery…
As the Renaissance began, there were proscriptions against sodomy, but they were not strongly enforced…
First, the practice of sodomy was initially believed to have been a lightly regarded step along the path to adult heterosexuality. Yet “a growing awareness and fear of a homosexual subculture crystallized the perception that some continued to prefer homosexuality to heterosexuality as they grew older” (Ruggerio 1988, 160) Secondly, many people came to associate sodomy with…the wrath of God, manifest as the recurrent outbreaks of the plague. There was also the problem of declining population in plague stricken…society that was having difficulty keeping reproduction at a constant level…
To Luther, virginity or abstinence from sex were abnormal conditions which could be overcome by marriage, which was just as necessary to men as eating and drinking. Even though separation without remarriage was the only form of divorce that Christ had specifically sanctioned, Luther chose to accept this as advisory rather than mandatory. He believed that adultery on the part of either partner automatically dissolved a marriage, and that if a woman refused conjugal rights to her husband or one partner prevented another from leading a pure life, divorce was the only practical alternative…
women could also be indispensable companions and helpmates (Tannahill, 327-328). As the views of Calvin and Luther gained currency across Europe…by placing a new emphasis on the importance of sexuality within marriage, Protestantism distinguished more clearly between proper sexual expression (sex between married partners) and sexual transgression (acts that occurred outside of marriage)…
Perhaps no other aspect of human sexuality transformed Europe as thoroughly during the Renaissance and Reformation period as the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Particularly, the spread of syphilis led to far reaching changes…
Whatever the actual origins of syphilis, it became a new European plague and spread rapidly…all over Europe and was ubiquitous by 1500 (Davenport-Hines, 20).
The early outbreaks of the disease were especially devastating, presumably because there was no natural immunity to it. Patients usually suffered from open sores, acute fever, severe headache, intense osteocopic pains and delirium, with death the common sequel. In the advanced stages of the disease, the syphilis organism would invade the brain, causing insanity…
The condom was originally developed as a defense against syphilis. Made of animal gut and tied around the penis with a ribbon, it was a luxury that could only be afforded by the wealthy… Just as AIDS is the sexual scourge of today, syphilis was the sexual scourge of the sixteenth century. The solutions for the avoidance of syphilis were remarkably similar to our own modern solutions for the avoidance of AIDS…
While it would be easy to dismiss the views regarding sexuality of those living from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries as hopelessly backward and primitive; in reality they cannot be so easily dismissed…
There are striking similarities between Renaissance sexuality and contemporary sexuality. Prostitution flourished, sexually “deviant” practices existed despite societal prohibitions, and sexually transmitted diseases were feared for the same reasons they are today...Powerful political currents in society still determined which sexual practices were acceptable.
Let’s dig a little deeper into the Humanist Renaissance World. Glorious? Wear your hip boots.
While paintings of Louis XIV’s opulent court at Versailles show royals clad in gorgeously embroidered garments, viewers today are missing one of the main effects of their finery: the odor of hundreds of garments that have never been washed, all in one unventilated room...
But without a doubt, the most pressing health concern was caused by the dearth of waste disposal options in an era before reliable plumbing. “Feces and urine were everywhere,” Eleanor Herman, author of The Royal Art of Poison, says of royal palaces. “Some courtiers didn’t bother to look for a chamber pot but just dropped their britches and did their business—all of their business—in the staircase, the hallway, or the fireplace.”
A 1675 report offered this assessment of the Louvre Palace in Paris: “On the grand staircases” and “behind the doors and almost everywhere one sees there a mass of excrement, one smells a thousand unbearable stenches caused by calls of nature which everyone goes to do there every day.”
While the King had a relatively sophisticated lavatory system for himself, other waste measures intended as hygienic seem disgusting today: servants were encouraged to pee in vats so that their urine could be used for cleaning…
Louis XIV is rumored to have bathed twice in his life, as did Queen Isabella of Castile, Herman says. Marie-Antoinette bathed once a month…
In 1682, in an effort to seal his authority and subjugate his nobles, Louis XIV moved his court permanently to the gilded mega-palace of Versailles. At times over 10,000 royals, aristocrats, government officials, servants and military officers lived in Versailles and its surrounding lodgings.
Despite its reputation for magnificence, life at Versailles, for both royals and servants, was no cleaner than the slum-like conditions in many European cities at the time. Women pulled up their skirts up to pee where they stood, while some men urinated off the balustrade in the middle of the royal chapel…
The heavily trafficked latrines often leaked into the bedrooms below them, while blockages and corrosion in the palace’s iron and lead pipes were known to occasionally “poison everything” in Marie-Antoinette’s kitchen…
This unsanitary way of living no doubt led to countless deaths throughout royal European households.
Some people are too proud to admit they are lacking adequate knowledge, or good sense, or consideration for others in their pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. They experience constant disruption in their circumstances. If they won’t take personal responsibility for resolving their problems, they spread their chaos, frustration, anger to the people around them who are helplessly caught up in their circumstances.
This Humanist writer has unwittingly nailed his own theses on his own front door. Based on the history of the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and World War II just to name a sample, the Humanists are the real culprits in perpetuating social and personal destruction.
Don’t think this applies to you personally?
We’re Living Through the Greatest Transfer of Wealth From the Middle Class to the Elites in History
When historians look back on the decisions made beginning in March 2020 and still going strong, this period will be remembered as the “Great Consolidation”—the acceleration of a historic wealth transfer and power concentration out of the hands of the middle class and into those with political power and connections.
The “connected” form a powerful bloc comprised of big government, big business and big special interests. And though their monikers label them “big,” they are comprised of relatively small elites. And they are seeking to use their power to benefit themselves at your expense.
Prior to COVID, more than 30 million small businesses accounted for about half the GDP and jobs in America; the other half of the economy was concentrated in 20,000 big companies. So you might have expected that small businesses would have had an equal amount of negotiating power when the pandemic hit as big companies. You would be wrong…
big firms were deemed “essential” and allowed to stay open during the pandemic, while small businesses were subjected to punishing lockdown orders and forced to close, in part or completely. Many of the examples were doubly infuriating given the absurd hypocrisies they presented. For example, big box pet retailers like PetSmart that groomedpet hair and nails were deemed essential—while salons owned by small business owners that served humans were not. The LA-area Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill was forced to close their outdoor dining—while a movie production not only operated but hosted a catering tent serving food to crew in the same parking lot that the restaurant had been forced to abandon…
And the results of this are fairly easy to follow: Spending that couldn’t be done at closed businesses was shifted to the ones that were open, which were by and large big businesses, many of which naturally saw a substantial increase in their revenue.
Hundreds of thousands of small businesses were murdered in just a few short months—by government edict—while seven tech companies gained $3.4 trillion in market value. If you were able to access capital—which is code for already being big or wealthy, even if you weren’t in some cases financially sound—it was plentiful and, for debt capital, available at historically low interest rates. 2020 became a record year for IPOs and for other capital-raising vehicles like special purpose acquisition companies…
The one-two punch of government fiscal and Fed monetary policy continued to destroy the fabric of the economy for the average American. It dislocated the labor markets and the supply chain and it has ultimately led to inflation, which is making the basic cost of living much more expensive for Americans all across the country.
In short, while your dollars today purchase fewer goods and services and your lives are more expensive and disrupted, those who are well-connected and asset-rich benefitted from outsized wealth increases driven by government policy.
This all leads to fewer wealth-creation opportunities for every day Americans. It is harder and riskier to start and own a business. It is more challenging to save money, and when you do, you are facing inflated asset prices and more risk to earn what would normally be considered an appropriate return.
And there’s no end in sight. There are new proposals, backed by the Treasury Secretary, to report on the inflows and outflows of bank accounts. The first proposal was set at a $600 threshold, and the latest is at a $10,000 threshold, of course with exemptions for those connected to influential unions, like teachers. There is also a proposal to hire 87,000 new IRS agents. These proposals are being sold as a way to ensure billionaires pay their “fair share.” But given that there are fewer than 1,000 billionaires in the U.S. (the estimate is between 600 and 800) and with legislation going into effect for 1099-K reporting at hobby sites like eBay and Etsy, it should be clear they are coming after the middle class.
As detailed in the post The Law of Melchizedek, God’s rules for society bring social stability and the greatest opportunity for personal development instead of exploitation by the elite class and narcissistic individuals. Not to mention sociopathic mass murders from an individual to an international scale of slaughter. This was true not only in the days of the ancient nation of Israel but also our own.
The Protestant Reformation is a vivid example of how religious transformation could set in motion institutional changes, leading to profound consequences for economic and political development. Max Weber was the first to identify the significant role that the Reformation played in socio-economic development of Western Europe…
Notice how none of these elements were present in the French Revolution.
Economists have long recognized that monopolies are more likely to engage in unproductive and often illegal activities, resulting in economic losses…eight of the ten most corrupt countries are also among the countries with the highest governmental restrictions on religious liberty…Second, religious freedom reduces conflict within a society, encouraging tolerance and respect for different beliefs…with the decrease in social hostilities. Third, religious freedom promotes the protection of civil and human rights, such as freedom of speech, press and assembly (Grim and Finke, 2011). These rights are essential for the exchange of ideas – a very important component of an innovative economy…
Why was education important for Protestants? Martin Luther wanted all Christians to read the Bible. One of the five foundational solae of the Protestant Reformation was Sola Scripture (Latin: “Scripture alone”) – the teaching that the Christian Scriptures are the supreme authority in all matters of doctrine and practice. However, for Christians to be able to read the Bible, it was necessary to increase their literacy rate…
The higher educational attainments by Protestants also had significant positive spillovers…First, education increases labor productivity…[and] fosters technological innovation and new knowledge creation…
more educated individuals make better decisions about health, marriage, and parenting…Education also affects individual preferences, making people more patient, more goal-oriented, and less likely to engage in risky behavior. All of these behaviors could be linked with better economic outcomes…
For Protestants, beginning with Martin Luther, diligent work was seen as a response to the grace of God, as well as a God given duty which benefits both the individual and society as a whole…
Protestant entrepreneurs are more likely to have a view that their duty is to add value to society through their work and that “their work is a calling from God…”
Protestants have higher levels of trust and are less willing to break the law… \they are also more likely to honestly report misbehaviors of others…countries that were significantly influenced by Protestant missionaries have a significantly lower level of corruption…Yuyu Chen and co-authors (2014) attribute part of China’s recent economic success to disseminations of Protestant social values by western missionaries…
In civil society, citizens voluntarily organize activities and services for themselves and other people. A good example of a country with a strong civil society is the United State of America…the United States is the most charitable country in the world, with Americans donating approximately 2 percent of gross domestic product.
The main principles of the American civil society were laid out in the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the 1789 Constitution of the United States of America…out of the 55 delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, 49 were Protestants…
“in every society” there is strong evidence that “Protestant groups are more active than other religious groups in forming and supporting non-profit organizations…”Protestant missionaries played an important role in fostering the growth of organizational civil society…tried to reform what they viewed as abuses in other societies…
greater civil engagement leads to closer monitoring of the government…and lower corruption… therefore, civil society has been linked to economic growth..
Politics was one area where the Reformation had an immediate and obvious impact…Where the Reformation took hold, the ruling elite evicted the Catholic Church from power, thus fundamentally altering the governance system of Europe…when the ruling religious elite lost its power during the Reformation, the role of democratic parliaments has increased…Robert Woodberry (2012) highlighted the role Protestant missionaries played in influencing the rise and spread of stable democracy around the world…
the Protestant Reformation made a “revolution” in legal thinking and institutions…Protestant legal innovations, such as protecting private property rights and contracts, were most effective in the economic sphere.
And what do we find with the loss of the Protestant ethic in society, replaced by Humanism?
The difference between Humanism Renaissance and Bible Reformation is encapsulated in the terms “elite” for Humanists, and its antonyms for for Bible believers:
- hoi polloi,
- (the) crowd,
- (the) masses,
- (the) people,
- (the) populace,
- (the) public,
- rank and file
What do you expect from elitist Humanists? They don’t want equality, they want to be at the top of a social pyramid. Of course they reject any higher authority than themselves, not just the Bible, but the law of the land interfering with their personal agenda.
[Julian] Huxley was a chameleon like figure, adept at fitting in with current social rhetoric while pursuing a social agenda defined by long-held evolutionary convictions. Huxley always qualified humanism with the terms “scientific” or “evolutionary”…his public role was an apostle for evolutionary eugenics…He was an outstanding advocate of the advance of…“the scientific intelligentsia” and seeking to shape…the rise of professional society…
- He advocated eugenics as a social science, addressing the issue of a “social problem group”.
- He was Life Fellow of the Eugenics Society from 1925, active on its Council from 1931, its Vice-President 1937-44, and President from 1959-62.
- He supported the campaigns…for negative eugenic measures against persons carrying the scientific stigma of “mental defect”.
- He saw biology as a means to solve social welfare problems…seeking to establish eugenics…to shape the emergent welfare state on biological lines.
Huxley sought to reconfigure public opinion…making a eugenically informed biological ethics acceptable to a wide public…Huxley espoused new media for communicating the biological gospel of a healthy society. Film represented a novel means…He extolled the idea that exceptional characters were inherited, and delivered the cruel verdict that a family, whom he labelled as “mental defective”, should never have been born…he was one of a select group of celebrated academic luminaries who pontificated on public affairs. Here the expert was in a position of authority, directing and dictating opinion.
During the 1930s Huxley took a public stance…that his ethical ideas had a basis in evolutionary theory…He linked his evolutionary ethics to the social agenda of eugenics…approval for [monetary] allowances to encourage professional middle classes to have children of (hopefully) good eugenic quality, and the elimination of mental defect by reproductive controls…The economic and social system had to be altered to advance the reproduction of “the most successful stocks” particularly of the professional classes. Huxley advocated the ideas of eugenics as a sacred ideal and of “racial hope”, so that religion would advance his ideals of social evolution…
In 1941 Huxley published a tract Religion without Revelation…Huxley argued for a humanist religion which would be life sustaining on the basis that mankind had outgrown old superstitions…“conscious evolution” should be the primary focus of ethical endeavours…
Julian Huxley’s brother, the novelist Aldous, as the author of the prescient novel Brave New World (1931) portrayed both the possibilities of an ordered rationalised society based on cloning, and its defects. By 1958 when Aldous wrote “Brave New World Revisited”, he felt, “The prophecies made in 1931 are coming true much sooner than I thought they would…” Aldous Huxley’s main fear by then was brain washing and mind control:
Lacking the ability to impose genetic uniformity upon embryos, the rulers of tomorrow’s over-populated and over-organized world will try to impose social and cultural uniformity upon adults and their children. To achieve this end, they will (unless prevented) make use of all the mind-manipulating techniques at their disposal and will not hesitate to reinforce these methods of non-rational persuasion by economic coercion and threats of physical violence.
For all Huxley’s achievements, his temperament had a manic quality. Ironically for someone who demanded sterilisation for those with mental defects and illnesses, he suffered periodic bouts of depression, and underwent electro shock therapy. All this was part of a pattern of holding a series of senior appointments, involving a period of manic activity, followed by resignation or dismissal…
Yet in the 1950s and 60s, we find Huxley seeking the mantle of high priest of a new creed of scientific humanism, making prophetic statements on the future of mankind. He now took some very generalised positions, giving his views a sort of sovereign authority. He outlined a philosophy of education…
Huxley tried to get population problems onto the agendas of the United Nations as well as onto those of its specialised agencies, not least UNESCO, FAO, WHO as well as supporting the UN Population Commission…He was aligned with the Rockefeller Foundation…
On leaving Unesco, Huxley continued his efforts to promote biological values. He took the position that mankind had a unique responsibility – and capacity – for further evolution….This meant that conclaves of experts – as opposed to government representatives – had both a cultural and biological importance….Huxley organised a study group “to study the problem of a possible new “ideology” appropriate to the present situation”. Huxley wanted this to be an interdisciplinary, and yet also a secret and anonymous group, linking high powered thinkers with practical activities. This was Huxley in elitist mode.
By 1951…Huxley coined the term “transhumanism”…
- funded scientific committees and…“think tanks”…
- funded experts and academics…
- to influence non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on national and international policy on the need to institute population control.
There continued to be associations – not least the Eugenics Society – and lobbying groups, as for family planning, notably the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and for abortion law reform…Most of the involved experts in the various family planning organisations were committed to eugenics…
The decriminalisation of homosexuality with the Sexual Offences Act of 1967, the Abortion Act of 1967, and the abolition of theatre censorship in 1968 indicate a greater public tolerance of liberalised sexual values. He was in line with the tide of opinion against the death penalty, repealed for murder in 1965…
The radical libertarianism and counter-culture of the mid-1960s initiated a radical critique of scientific expertise that went with libertarian sexual morals. Until then Huxley and fellow biological reformers enjoyed immense status and prestige. The eugenic modernisers remained a highly active elite, bidding for the opportunities of power and influence over public policy and opinion…How far an older generation of moral reformers like Huxley paved the way for the 1960s loosening of moral strictures is open to question. Eugenicists were never in favour of free love and freely available contraception and abortion but saw these as ways of managing a population’s eugenic qualities. Eugenicists adopted an elitist stance of engineering a society…selective education favoured by eugenically minded psychologists was weakened by advocates of…comprehensive schooling…eugenics empowered women’s activism. Margaret Sanger in the United States provided…classic eugenic aims. As regards abortion and birth control, eugenicists gained in influence through such organisations as the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Family Planning Association…
Yet for all Huxley’s eminence and ability to command the media of the 1960s, the actual influence of eugenicists on public opinion and reproductive behaviour is open to question: sexual behaviour, and demands for reproductive medicine appear to have had their own autonomous dynamic…
Reproductive technologies were taken up, while the intellectual framework of eugenics devised and disseminated by Huxley was perceived as…a grim authoritarian spectre that had to be exorcised…Science was no longer a source of value-neutral authority…the civil rights movement and allied movements of social protest during the later 1960s and early 1970s gave rise to a libertarian and critical attitude to Social Darwinism and eugenics…Civil rights protests, the critique of professional authority and feminism at the close of the 1960s marked the…point for libertarian and socio-political critiques of science as value-laden and itself constituting vested social interests and structures of biopolitical power. The critique…would deconstruct the public attitudes and authoritarian structures that Huxley had endeavoured to create.
The following cases have NOTHING to do with religion. They are totally secular-humanist.
Don’t imagine that living in a democracy keeps Americans safe from exploitation by an elite group of the world’s most gifted secular-humanist leaders.
As of 2021, the nation’s middle class, defined as the middle 60% of the population, accounting for 77.5 million families, altogether holds less wealth than the top 1% of the population. Their share in three main categories of assets — real estate, equities and private businesses — slumped in one generation. That made their lives more precarious, with fewer financial reserves to fall back on when they lose their jobs…
The concentration of wealth in the hands of a fraction of the population is at the core of some of the country’s major political battles…
Over the past 30 years…American wealth has shifted to the top 20% of earners, who now hold 70% of the total.
Financially squeezed workers helped drive support for former President Donald Trump and the populist turn in the Republican party.
Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo…assassinated…1961…by American and Belgian governments…it was during the colonial period that the US acquired a strategic stake in the enormous natural wealth of the Congo, following its use of uranium from Congolese mines to manufacture the first atomic weapons…
Patrice Lumumba’s determination to achieve genuine independence and to have full control over Congo’s resources in order to…improve the living conditions of our people was perceived as a threat to western interests.
Mobutu’s [assassination of Lumumba], almost certainly masterminded by the Americans…
Early in his rule, Mobutu consolidated power by publicly executing political rivals…and other threats to his rule…before an audience of 50,000 spectators.
In 1968, Pierre_Mulele, Lumumba’s Minister of Education…was lured out of exile…still alive, his eyes were gouged out, his genitals were ripped off, and his limbs were amputated one by one…
Mobutu…nationalized foreign-owned firms and forced European investors out of the country…handed the management of these firms to relatives and close associates, who quickly…stole the companies’ assets…[the country] went from prosperity to bankruptcy almost overnight…
By 1977…rebels based in Angola invaded…The governments of Belgium and France deployed troops with logistical support from the United States and defeated the rebels…
Mobutu was re-elected in single-candidate elections in a 1977 Zairean presidential election and 1984 Zairean presidential election. He spent most of his time increasing his personal fortune…
The infrastructure virtually collapsed…The soldiers…supported themselves by robbing the civilian population…
[Meanwhile] Mobutu…cruised on the Congo on his yacht…he erected a palace, the Palace of Versailles of the jungle. For shopping trips to Paris, he would charter a Concorde from Air France. The man who diplomats allege could pay off Zaire’s entire debt with a personal cheque has more than 20 luxury properties in the West…
Mobutu led one of the most enduring dictatorships in Africa…
Mobutu was the subject of one of the most pervasive Personality cult of the twentieth century. The evening newscast opened with an image of him descending through clouds like a god…He held such titles as Father of the Nation, Messiah, Guide of the Revolution, Helmsman, Founder, Savior of the People, Supreme Combatant…
For the most part, Zaire enjoyed warm relations with the United States…Mobutu befriended several US presidents…
Zaire received nearly half the foreign aid Carter allocated to Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mobutu enjoyed a very warm relationship with the Reagan Administration…Mobutu visited the White House three times, and criticism of Zaire’s human rights record by the US was effectively muted…Reagan praised the Zairian strongman as “a voice of good sense and goodwill”.
Mobutu also had a cordial relationship with…George H. W. Bush; he was the first African head of state to visit Bush at the White House.
Mobutu was befriended by televangelist Pat Robertson.
The richest 1% now has as much wealth as the rest of the world combined, according to Oxfam.
Oxfam also calculated that the richest 62 people in the world had as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population.
The attitude by the Humanist elitists towards humanity is the exact opposite of the God of the Bible.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:” (Philippians 2:5-7)
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men…ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:” (I Corinthians 1:25-28)
“For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:” (Hebrews 2:5-7)
Thoughtful consideration of the available options must lead to a realization that identifying with the elitists of this world through shared ideologies simply traps the masses into becoming their slaves and victims.