Can Men be Good without God?

Rolling STone Cover

A short while ago, Rolling Stone magazine put the younger of the two Boston Marathon Bombers on the cover of their magazine looking like a young Jim Morrison.  Not shockingly, there was a public outcry over this as a glamorizing of a self-professed Radical Islamic terrorist.  The editors of Rolling Stone defended the piece as being about how are young man with everything going for him became radicalized rather than about promoting his acts of terror.

This has been hard to understand for some, but when it is framed within the Modern assumptions about Man the whole thing becomes much clearer.  Secular Humanist philosophy subscribes to the assumption that Man is inherently good, or at the least a blank slate at birth.  Thus, when you have everything you’re supposed to have – beauty, intelligence, money – you should end up being the very best of what Humanity has to offer.  For this young man to be a terrorist strikes at the heart of Secular Humanist philosophy.

GK Chesterton once said that that the problem with liberals is not that they aren’t good; it is that they are too good and they assume everyone else is also.  But the evidence of life strongly leans to the contrary, Man is empty inside and that emptiness craves fulfillment, legitimate or otherwise.  This is why CS Lewis argued that the biblical doctrine of sin is rational and why liberalism is irrational.

As such, it falls on the shoulders of the Secular Humanist to either justify, or sympathize, or explain away the reality of deadness lest their narrative fall apart at the seams.  Can a man be good without God as the Harvard Humanists claim, well that depends entirely on how we define what is good.

 Questioning (194x260)

The judgment of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth.  For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became vain and their hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the rebellious desires of their hearts, to sexual impurity and the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

~ Romans 1:18-25 ~