Friday, 8 November 2019

The Fruits of Secular Humanism

Crisis of Faith

John Stuart Mill, utilitarian, disciple of his father, James Mill suffered a crisis of secular faith in later life.  He describes what it was like to find that his atheistic beliefs failed to satisfy his soul.

I had what might truly be called an object in life: to be a reformer of the world . . . . This did very well for several years, during which the general improvement going on in the world and the idea of myself as engaged with others in struggling to promote it, seemed enough to fill up an interesting and animated existence. 

But the time came when I awakened as from a dream . . . . In this frame of mind it occurred to me to put the question directly to myself: "Suppose that all your objects in life were realised; that all the changes in institutions and opinions that you re looking forward to, could be completely effected this very instant; would this be a great job and happiness to you?"  And an irrepressible self-consciousness distinctly answered: "No!" 

At this my hearts sank within me; the whole foundation on which my life was constructed fell down.  All my happiness was to have been found in the continual pursuit of this end.  The end had ceased to charm, and how could there every again be any interest in the means?  I seemed to have nothing left to live for.  [Cited by John Gray, Seven Types of Atheism (London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2018),  p. 35.]  
This reference occurs in Gray's exposition of the atheism reflected in Secular Humanism--which has now become the virtual universal religion of the West in our day.
  The warning to all devotees and followers of the established religion of this secular religion is that they will end up like John Stuart Mill.  It will progressively dawn upon them that their Emperor has no clothes.  It cannot satisfy the God-shaped, divinely created longings and yearnings of the human soul.   

Bitterness and deep abiding depression will progressively take hold of our city which is built upon the foundations of Atheistic Secular Humanism.  Today's news headline expressed shock at the number of teens and pre-teens in New Zealand who are clinically depressed.  John Stuart Mill could have told them (and us) that such a fate is the inevitable fruit of a society such as ours. . 

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