Christianity is more humanistic than secular humanism
Christianity is more humanistic than secular
humanism, the Russian Orthodox hierarch believes
Moscow, December 1, Interfax Christianity is
much more humanistic than humanism of secular
kind, an Orthodox bishop believes.
What is more humanely: to prove that man
originated from a monkey or to tell him he was
created by God? What is more humanely: to suggest
that nothing awaits man after death or to promise
him afterlife? What is more humanely: to justify
disorderly sexual relations, divorces, abortions
or to stand for lasting family with many
children? Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria
said in his interview to the Science and Religion magazine.
According to Bishop Hilarion, who represents the
Russian Church to the European Institutions, it
was Christianity that brought man to
unprecedented height, thanks to Christian
morality, slavery gradually vanished in the
world, Christian morals gave the basis for todays human rights conception.
Bishop Hilarion considers it a deceit of
atheistic kind to oppose humanism to religion:
We stand for a human being, while you, priests and clerics, are against him.
I am convinced that Christianity is more
humanistic than humanism of secular kind that, in
fact, is deeply antihuman as it is equally anti-Church and atheistic, he said.
Bishop Hilarion noted, Man is ennobled only with
consciousness that he is the image and likeliness
of God, a spiritual creature dominating in
natural and social world called to transfigure it
and rein it. Human self-affirmation leads to
self-destruction, the Bishop believes.
However, he thinks, We shouldnt negate every
truth of humanism as many reactionary theological
trends do, but to establish creative Christian humanism.