A Christian angry about humanist wedding ceremonies is taught a lesson in civility and reason by a polite and well spoken atheist on a recent edition of a British television program dedicated to discussions of philosophy, religion and secular society.
Appearing on the British program The Big Questions, Taiwo Adewuyi, U.K. Christian and founder of the group Discuss Jesus, went on a rant, claiming that humanist weddings are “demonic” rituals, that secularism is “the Devil’s PR,” and non-religious life is a “first-class ticket to the sea of wantonness and debauchery.”
Adewuyi claimed that Humanism tries to “knock God off the throne,” which Adewuyi claims is wrong.
It all goes back to the origins of humanism. Humanism is the cancer on thanks-giving. It is the Devil’s PR. It is a first-class ticket to the sea of wantonness and debauchery.
With a wry smile Andrew Copson of the British Humanist Association responded to the attack with humor:
Well, if you’re going to wantonness and debauchery, you might as well travel first class.
Copson then proceeded to make his well reasoned and polite reply as the frustrated Christian looked on:
Humanism is a non-religious world view that — instead of looking to revelation or authority, we look to reason and evidence to understand the universe. Instead of looking to moral rules that come from outside human beings, we look to other human beings to generate values in the here and now and also to generate meaning in our life.Instead of looking externally for some meaning to give value and sanction to the existence we’re having, the humanist view is that men and women in the course of our lives create the sustained meaning together.
Faced with this eminently reasonable response and explanation, the best the frustrated and flustered Adewuyi could do is blurt out “Pol Pot,” as if the brutal Cambodian dictator had anything to do with humanism.
The conversation is instructive, and illustrates the inability of many Christians to play nice and make reasonable arguments.