Greg Epstein, the humanist chaplain of Harvard University, wants to build a God-free community (3/21, Faith, “Humanists plan God-free congregations”). Someone with Mr. Epstein’s extensive education should be aware that this experiment has already been tried in Lenin’s and Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China and Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and the result has been found wanting.
Secular humanism is based solidly on moral relativism which, when applied to the larger society, has been an unmitigated disaster for humanity. Perhaps Mr. Epstein and his covey of non-believers can find a little island somewhere and live out their own little “Lord of the Flies” moment, leaving the rest of us alone.
As we have taken God out of just about everything else, why not the church?
I offer this bit of information to the movement founder, Greg Epstein. Several thousand years ago, God-inspired individuals wrote the Bible, which states that in the end times there will be a turning away from God.
So I submit that Mr. Epstein is merely an instrument to help fulfill that prophecy. Since it was preordained to occur, there is nothing he or his followers can do to stop it even if they were so minded.
Several hundred years ago, Nostradamus penned some rambling thoughts that the world at large has accepted as true accounts of future happenings. So-called experts have tied many catastrophic events to his predictions, yet the one tried-and-true forecaster of coming events, the Holy Bible, is dismissed as irrelevant to today’s world.
I say to Mr. Epstein, good luck with your endeavor. You are a part of destiny that was set in motion long before you were even thought of.