Released on 2015-07-19Categories Literary Collections

Christianity Or Secularism

Christianity Or Secularism

Author: W. T. Lee


ISBN: 1331818818

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 74

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Excerpt from Christianity or Secularism: Which Is the Better for Mankind?: Verbatim Report of the Great Debate Between Mr. W. T. Lee (Representing the North London Christian Evidence League) And Mr. Joseph McCabe (Representing the Rationalist Press Association, Limited), Held at the Town Hall, Holborn, on Thursday and Friday Eve Mr. Lee: Mr. Chairman, Mr. McCabe, Ladies and Gentlemen, By Christianity I understand those Ideas, precepts, and doctrines given to the world by Jesus Christ, and which are made known to thought and proved to be applicable to life in the various books of the New Testament. These ideas, precepts, and doctrines embrace God and man, sin and salvation, time and eternity; and constitute a religion which has not merely a local or temporal meaning, but also a universal and eternal significance. In this religion God is represented as Perfect Father and Holy Love, and is declared to have expressed Himself in the wondrous life and work of Jesus Christ. This religion regards man as not only needing redemption, but also as having a value greater than that of worlds. Hence it addresses its appeals to man as man, without regard to culture, creed, or country, and aims to establish a kingdom of redeemed men which shall out-last time and transcend all material, social, and national limitations. This, then, is what I understand by Christianity. By Secularism I mean all those forms of thought and theories of conduct which have their origin and their end in this world, without reference to any other a - world whose substance Is material, and whose latent and active energies are mechanical. In a word, Secularism is a system of Naturalism - a system which looks on the world order as a closed circuit, and therefore rejects all ideas of God, Freedom, and Immortality as valueless and pernicious - denying the presence and action of Spirit in the affairs of men. It grounds its hopes for the betterment of mankind on the doctrine of salvation by organisation. Recognising that the natures of some men are radically corrupt. It gives these up to destruction. Thus Secularism in relation to God is Atheistic; in relation to nature is Materialistic; in relation to man is Pessimistic. This brings us to the word "man," which, I presume, my friendly opponent will allow me to suppose includes woman. What do we mean by "man"? If we study men, we shall find that they appear to think, speak, and act as though they were rational, moral, and religious beings. They live not only in a world of things, but of thoughts, of feelings, of deeds, of worship. These thoughts, these feelings, these deeds, this worship, are hall-marks of personality; they not only exist, they have power, they have meaning, they have value, and cannot be made part and parcel of any world-order which is interpreted by mechanical processes alone. Man is more than a body energised by physical forces: he is a mind, a will, a person. With these interpretations before us, the question at once arises, is Christianity or Secularism the better for man? I suggest to you that the better system for man is the one which has done, is doing, and is likely to do, the most for man. As a matter of theory. Secularism should have done the most for man. First, because it is older than Christianity. Second, because it claims to have a firmer grasp on reality. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at
Released on 2013-11-05Categories Religion

Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference

Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference

Author: Linell E. Cady

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231536042

Category: Religion

Page: 344

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Global struggles over women's roles, rights, and dress increasingly cast the secular and the religious in tense if not violent opposition. When advocates for equality speak in terms of rights and modern progress, or reactionaries ground their authority in religious and scriptural appeals, both tend to presume women's emancipation is ineluctably tied to secularization. Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference upsets this certainty by drawing on diverse voices and traditions in studies that historicize, question, and test the implicit links between secularism and expanded freedoms for women. Rather than position secularism as the answer to conflicts over gender and sexuality, this volume shows both religion and the secular collaborate in creating the conditions that generate them.
Released on 2022-04-25Categories Social Science

Islam, Christianity, and Secularism in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe

Islam, Christianity, and Secularism in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe

Author: Simeon Evstatiev

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004511569

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 581

Bulgaria’s entangled Muslim and Orthodox Christian pasts still shape contemporary notions of identity, religion, and politics—and secularism—in unexpected ways. This book freshly looks at how these vital traditions come up against one another and the challenges of the world today.