Hope, Despair, Dread, and Religion

Ronald A. Lindsay


Secular humanists often assert that they offer something more than critiquing religion, that they have a “positive outlook" and offer affirmative alternatives to religion. When I encounter statements of this sort, I admit I am sometimes puzzled—particularly when what follows these words is some recitation of vague principles to which religious individuals can subscribe as easily as humanists.

How many religious persons, for example, would claim they are against the dignity and worth of every individual—something often cited as a humanist value?

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