Christian Humanism against Fundamentalism and Secularism

Posted on December 23, 2015 by PLT Staff

Capps lecture given by John de Gruchy at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He discusses Christian faith and its relationship with the modern resurgence of fundamentalism, secularism and secular humanism. He raises ideas for a reworked Christian humanism, one where justice, creativity and beauty are appreciated. To browse all the lectures given as part of the Capps Lecture series, click here. For a listing of all our Occasional Lectures, click here.

Excerpt: “A humanism that affirms genuine transcendence and human well-being rather than one that promotes religiosity or fundamentalist ideas and values; a humanism that is both embodied in the world, and yet driven by a sense of the transcendent. Indeed, a radical humanism that affirms what is true, good, beautiful and human, and seeks the transformation of all that is bad, ugly and inhuman.”

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