Wednesday, 10 September 2008

God’s place in a humanist society (1) [Locul lui Dumnezeu într-o societate umanistă]

It’s been quite a while since I first meant to start this new series, and here I am doing it now. I tend to believe that, given the current composition of my readership, this will probably be another unpopular series, but I don’t care about this aspect. Writing popular stuff here should be among the last of my concerns… especially since I’m kind of fed-up with writing about popular issues :-(

All I want is to clearly state here things that I believe in, and to present this uncomfortable view of the UK, a country about which I will also keep writing a great deal of good things, showing lots of good examples that all nations could learn from.

A sad thing in the UK, and, actually, in the whole civilised world (?!), is the fact that the irreligious, atheist, secular, humanist people (or whatever they call themselves) don’t have any coherent system of ethical values, according to which what is good, and what is wrong could be defined.

Whatever the bullshit they are trying to sell to us, those who dream of ‘a bettter world’ based on human rights are no better than those who forced down our throats the so-called Socialist Ethics and Equity. NO SYSTEM OF ETHICAL VALUES CAN WITHSTAND IN THE ABSENCE OF GOD!!!

In the absence of a Maker Whom atheists so much hate (proving that HE IS just by their hatred – for how else reasonable minds, like they claim to have, could hate Him so much, if He were just a concept, a myth, an idea, a superstition, a fairy tale?!), everything is senseless...

All these humanist non-values cannot lead to salvation (that is dragging our soul out of absurdity into meaningfulness!), and neither to ‘peace and prosperity’ in this godless world, nor to true happiness, apart from the animal satisfaction of hedonistic impulses.

Therefore, people need a Big Brother to be told what is allowed or not permitted, what is advisable or not recommended, as they would be told whether to take the right or the left path. There’s no need of an ethical system in the this earthly paradise of people turned in Pavlov’s dogs.

Everywhere you look around in the UK (except some remote parts of rural Scotland that I have been to), you see CCTVs (Big Brother’s eyes), and a lot of carefully written inscriptions about what to do, and not to do. God willing, this is what the present series is going be about... it will deal with the way Big Brother tends to think on behalf of everyone else in such a secular country.

[For all the episodes of this series, and all the posts on this blog go to/Pentru toate episoadele din această serie şi toate postările de pe acest blog mergi la: Contents/Cuprins]


Gregor said...

Dear Bogdan

Your post is very good, and conveys a lot of the claustrophobia that we now live under. I am in complete agreement with your main argument.

However, I would differentiate between 'secular' and 'humanist'. Humanism (the idea that human institutions are infallible) and 'secular' (a distrust of the state as a religious institution) are very different. Humanism is the problem, whilst I think that secularism may be part of the answer.

In America the state is increasingly being controlled by fundamentalist protestantism. This is the twin of humanism. Many secularists are opposed to this, and to me they are allies of the Orthodox belief that people are fallible.

I would rather side with a skeptical anti-statist atheist than a credulous statist believer.

MunteanUK said...

Dear Gregor,

I assume that is always useful for any reader of this blog when someone like you explains (in a helpful manner even for myself :) the difference between 'Humanism' and 'Secularism.' Thank you very much for your clarification.

But no matter how close your views could be to those of a 'skeptical anti-statist atheist', I'm affraid there are countless things that will always keep you separated from an atheist.

As human beings, all atheists are worth our love and respect, not less because some of them - like Dionysios, to whom I dedicated a whole series on this blog - eventually find Christ.

However, be it 'fundamentalist protestantism' or the fanatical secularism of the EU, I don't think whe should find 'allies' among these people. We need to love them, as the Lord loves everyone, even the greatest sinner, but we don't need to make 'alliances' of whatever kind with them.

Obviously, I understand that this is just an 'idea' (for the sake of the argument :), but in my view, what works best with making allies is praying for them. It very often happens that, no matter how sincere and persistent we are in trying to convince anyone of anything, praying secretly for people is better than offering reasonable arguments to them.

Laura said...


I have seen some of your comments on my blog. Thank you =)...

Interesting blog you have though I don't understand some of the entries, I don't know that language =(...

Take care


ipo said...

@MunteanUK: Perhaps you should make your blog either entirely bilingual, or English only. See Laura's comment.
To change the subject, write a post of your worst fears. It's a tag kinda.

Ordis said...

SI totusi tehnologia este in folosul oamenilor

MunteanUK said...

@ Laura

Thank for your words of appreciation. It may be a little difficult to browse through such a strange billingual blog, but that's why I have a clear Contents page + a link to it at the end of absolutely every post:

@ ipo

No matter how strange & uncomfortable it may seem to some, I do have readers of both Romanian & English. I really don't have the time & strength for keeping another blog, nor do I want to derail too much from my general 'life in the UK' theme.

I though that my 'worst fears' were obvious from my posts...

@ Ordis

Of course you have appreciative words about 'surveillance technology' as long as you sell that kind of stuff.

I'm not planning to delete your little 'advertising message' as long as you won't go into spamming, and I can only wish you well in reaching your business targets!