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The horrific changes that took place in our political system and culture in 2020 were the result of Religious Atheism. What must be done to resist?

Religious Atheism? Sounds like an oxymoron, but Religious Atheism is real, and is formally known as Humanism, a well-developed and coherent ideology with a long history. In the 19th century, the Catholic Church referred to this ideology as Naturalism, and Pope Leo XIII condemned this belief system in his 1884 encyclical, Humanum Genus. In a nutshell, Humanism promotes “good without God,” and tries to promote a world without God, souls, or any non-material element. Although there are lots of Religious Atheist, not every one of them is a “card-carrying Humanist,” so to speak, but all Religious Atheists can be identified by a common core of beliefs and a worldview that more or less coincides with the formally-published creed of Humanism.

The first three affirmations of the Humanist creed can be found in the Humanist Manifesto I (1933):

FIRST: Religious humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created.

SECOND: Humanism believes that man is a part of nature and that he has emerged as a result of a continuous process.

THIRD: Holding an organic view of life, humanists find that the  traditional dualism of mind and body must be rejected.

In plain language, Humanists believe and teach others to believe, that cosmic and biological evolution produced the universe and its soulless inhabitants from eternally-existent inert matter. Of course, that is not capable of being proved but Humanists just assert it as an axiom, i.e., a statement or proposition which is regarded by Humanists as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true. The American education system teaches that axiom as science.

According to Pew Research, nearly half of U.S. adults under 30 do not believe in Christianity’s God and depending on the various age groups of those surveyed, the level of affiliation with any Christian religion varies greatly. A Barna Research study released in January 2018, “Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z” (born in/after 1995), reported that

they are the first truly ‘post-Christian’ generation. More than any other generation before them, Gen Z does not assert a religious identity. … The percentage of Gen Z that identifies as atheist is. double that of the U.S. adult population. …Three out of four Boomers are Protestant or Catholic Christians (75%), while just three in five 13- to 18-year-olds say they are some kind of Christian (59%).

Speaking to the U.S. Bishops’ Conference in June 2019, Bishop Robert Barron, Chairman of their Committee on Evangelization and Catechetics, outlined the extent of the Catholic apostacy. He said that “half the kids we baptized and confirmed in the last 30 years are now ex-Catholics or unaffiliated.” To put that into perspective, he said that “one out of six millennials in the U.S. is now a former Catholic,” And that “For every one person joining our church today, 6.45 are leaving and most are leaving at young ages, primarily before age 23. The median age of those who leave the Church is 13.

When people lose faith in God, they don’t simply become indifferent. As G. K. Chesterton noted 100 years ago, “When men cease to believe in God, they do not then believe in nothing, they believe in anything.” A large segment of American atheists has adopted, for all practical purposes, a non-theistic religion that believes in constructing a “just society” without reference to God but based on situation ethics where the end justifies the means. Those people are following the ideology of Humanism.

Once society chooses to reject God’s existence, it begins to hate the people of God, and this has frightening social and political consequences, as well as spiritual consequences. The turmoil of 2020 and the ascendancy of “progressives” is undeniable evidence that, as far as public policy and culture goes, Humanism owns America, and Humanism is the primary belief system of those in power. Immediately after Congress certified Joe Biden’s contested election as President of the United States, as a pack, Humanist politicians, globalists, Big Tech, corporate CEOs, and mainstream media went all out to try to humiliate President Donald Trump in his final 2 weeks as President. He was the surrogate for his supporters, ordinary, traditional, God-loving, proud American Christians.

The vitality has been sucked out of American Catholicism by its explicit and implicit conversion to belief in the first premise of Humanism (cosmic and biological evolution), which has subverted Catholic confidence in the Bible and paralyzed a religious response to Humanism.

The purpose of this book is to explain the origin and belief system of Humanism and the social/political agenda that Humanists have imposed on Christians. Humanism is not just an ideology, but a religion, and must be opposed as a religion and not just politically with vague terms such as “conservative” and “progressive.”

People are leaving the Church in droves. The number of religiously affiliated “nones” is the fastest growing population. Truth is being mocked as lies while “#FakeNews is being promoted as Truth. We are living in a society that really needs to be upended, and we can’t keep going about the business of evangelization and catechesis as we have been, for, based on survey after survey, it is just not working.

Belief in God and the truth of Sacred Scripture has been eroded under the onslaught of Humanist propaganda about the origin of the universe and mankind. We need a new way to address the problem, and education in modern natural science is the key to effective apologetics in the 21st century. That will ignite a rebirth in the traditional beliefs of the Catholic Church regarding the inerrancy of the Bible. Just as the Catholic Church built Western civilization, the resistance and the revival must begin with the re-education of the Catholic clergy and laity to have supreme confidence in the Bible as God’s word and to teach it with zeal and conviction. If not now, when?


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