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It’s a question I’ve asked myself lately. Can you be a Christian Secular Humanist?
In today’s climate in the UK (where I’m based), although I think it applies to Europe, the USA and Canada as well, Secular Humanism seems to be very closely allied with Atheism. Atheism being defined as a disbelief in a god or gods. Christianity and Atheism are very much set against each other although the two do have areas where dialogue should be encouraged and welcomed.
I was reading about Anne Rice, American writer best known for her vampire novels although has latterly written two fictional accounts of the life of Christ, although believing in Christ (though not Christianity) calls herself a secular humanist. There is a huge comments thread on her Facebook page running to over a thousand comments where this is discussed with many differing views voiced.
Some people feel there is no contradiction between being Christian and being Secular Humanist, as you can believe in a higher power, supernatural being, and want the best for your fellow humanity. Others believe Secular Humanist precludes reference to any higher power.
So, my question…
Can you be a Christian and a Secular Humanist?
Thanks in advance for any input.