What would be a critical response to the statement below? Secular humanists feel that "The good is not what some abstract God dictates, but what contributes to the liberation, growth, and progress...

What would be a critical response to the statement below?

Secular humanists feel that "The good is not what some abstract God dictates, but what contributes to the liberation, growth, and progress of human beings. Instead of being God-centered, we should be human-centered."

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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The statement is problematic in several ways. First, all atheists, deists, agnostics, and humanists do not have identical beliefs. Richard Rorty, Joseph Stalin, Jeremy Bentham, and Peter Singer have very different philosophical position. Next, liberation, growth, and progress all sound very nice, but they are extremely vague terms. Some people may feel that euthanasia is progress and others that it is murder; some may feel that progress is measured in technology and wealth; other might feel a simpler life in environmentally sustainable small communities represents the best life.

Finally, the phrase "abstract God dictates" is condescending at best and sloppy at worst. First, if an infinite wise, infinitely benevolent being exists and communicates with us, it would be rather silly not to listen to what it might say. If no gods exists, then to follow texts written by human beings pretending to repeat divine wisdom would be deluded. Moreover, one might, as the poster above suggests, assume that an infinitely wise and benevolent deity would not create capricious dictates, but rather might have a better and more comprehensive understanding of human progress than more intellectually limited humans.

Thus, if some god exists, the statement is absurd and if no god exists, it is still too vague to be useful in any practical sense.

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shizza123 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I think humans should feel good. we shouldn't have a problem with this becacause it talks about freedom, wich includes freedom to follow whichever reigion we want to abide by.

Also, the statement refers to being human-centered, which essentially means tat one must be kind to other humans and improve the quality of mankind. Isn't that wat most religions teach?? --To love and be nice to one another?

So, there you go. Even if you are a religious extremist, not following this statement would, in a way, be going against your very own religion.

 

So there. Just live and let live. Love and let love regardless of caste, creed or colour..."for you and for me and the entire human race".

 

:)

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