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Is Man the Measure? An Evaluation of Contemporary Humanism

Is Man the Measure? An Evaluation of Contemporary Humanism

Norman L. Geisler

| Wipf & Stock | 1983

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An academically respectable description and evaluation of secular humanism is available at last.

The diversity within humanism receives full recognition in this book, as does the fact that “not everything about humanism is bad from a Christian point of view.” Indeed, the author continues, “there are many emphases within humanism that are compatible with Christian beliefs,” a thesis to which he devotes an entire chapter.

Part 1 summarizes, in turn, eight prominent forms of humanism: Huxley’s evolutionism, Skinner’s behaviorism, Sartre’s existentialism, Dewey’s pragmatism, Marxism, Rand’s egocentrism, Lamont’s culturalism, and the coalitional form present in the humanist declaration and manifestoes. Emerging from these chapters are both the differences between humanists and the consensus that binds them together. “It is this humanistic consensus,” writes the author, “that most radically conflicts with Christian beliefs” and that is “the number one problem in the United States today.”

After the chapter on “the helpful emphases of secular humanism,” part 2 details this movement’s comparative inferiority, internal inconsistencies, religious inadequacies, and philosophical insufficiencies. The final chapter demonstrates that, while Christianity is consistent with the central principles of science, philosophy, epistemology, and ethics, humanism is not. “There is no rational justification,” the author concludes, “for being a humanist”.

Author Bio

Norman L. Geisler (1932– ) has taught at the university and graduate level for over 50 years. He holds degrees from Wheaton College, William Tyndale College, and Loyola University, and is known for his scholarly contributions to the subjects of Christian apologetics, theology, and philosophy. 

After his studies, he became Wheaton's graduate assistant in the Bible-Philosophy department. He has since taught theology, apologetics, and philosophy at Detroit Bible College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Dallas Theological Seminary, and was dean of Liberty Center for Research and Scholarship in Lynchburg, VA.

In 1992, Geisler co-founded Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2007, he co-founded Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, where he serves as chancellor and distinguished professor of Apologetics.

Geisler is the author or co-author of over 80 books, including the books in the Norman L. Geisler Collection, The Norman L. Geisler Apologetics Library, and his three-volume Systematic Theology