It wouldn’t be so bad if they kept their atheism to themselves, but they don’t. They are the modern day Korihors who go about persuading people that there is no God, no divine law, and that “everyone fare[s] in this life according to the management of the creature.” A major Korihorian tenet of secular humanism is that the key to human prosperity is mankind’s own abilities. It claims that we can achieve lasting peace and happiness through human ingenuity, reason, and strengthening humanity through science and technology (compare to Alma 30:17). There is absolutely no place for God in achieving lasting peace and happiness according to this belief system.
Secular humanism has become more than a system of beliefs. It is now an organized religion. Its gods are science and philosophy. Its old testament is the book of human reason. Its new testament is the book of nature. Its holidays are the summer and winter solstices. Its priests are highly educated evolutionary spin doctors and academicians who are ever learning without coming to the knowledge of the truth. Its missionaries are teachers who openly criticize notions of intelligent design in front of our young children. Its “churches” and “meetinghouses” are websites that promote atheism and denounce Christian beliefs 24/7. And its current leader is a highly successful author, scholar, and retired professor of philosophy named Paul Kurtz.
There are positive teachings in secular humanism. There is an emphasis on freedom of choice, moral values, ethics, reason, and scientific progress. These are worthwhile pursuits, but as they say, “the proof is in the pudding.” In this case the pudding contains a dangerous mixture of a denial of godly existence, influence, and authority. Like a snare hunter, secular humanism lures people with attractive bait, and then springs the trap of atheistic dogma. That atheistic dogma traps individuals in a world devoid of hope and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Here are two questions regarding the secular humanists.
1. Deep down inside do some of them truly believe in a supreme being, as did Korihor? I think the answer is yes.
2. Will those who are intentionally deceiving others meet the same sort of fate as Korihor? I don’t know. I’ll leave that one up to the Lord.
Korihor had no evidence that God does not exist, and neither do the secular humanists. They have not been able to disprove the existence of divinity with their intellectualizations and pedagogical ramblings. Yet, like Korihor, secular humanists have plenty of reasons to believe in a supreme being. As Alma pointed out, the scriptures, the earth and its motion, all things upon the earth, and all the planets bear witness of the existence of a supreme creator (Alma 30:44). But until the learned secular humanists humble themselves and exercise a particle of faith, the Lord will not reveal himself to them (2 Nephi 9:42).
I am hopeful and prayerful, but am not holding my breath.