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A need to recognise the dangerous ‘new secularism’

There are Christians who are incarcerated for not denouncing their faith. There are those who are forced to flee their country of birth. There are those who have died and still more are awaiting their death, because they refuse to denounce their faith in Jesus.

We should not only be praying for these fellow brothers and sisters but standing side-by-side voicing our concern about what is going on against our Faith in the world. How do we do this? By  writing to the Prime Minister, writing to the representative member of parliament in your constituency and raising awareness amongst Christians about this attack.

This morning I came across this article over at Christian Concern. A very important article about the ‘dangerous new secularism’. It’s real and  insidious. We need to take notice and stand up to denounce this trend. I have highlighted words and phrases that stand out as critical. Read this. I would appreciate your comments and thoughts on this article.Christians need to recognise that the ‘new secularism’ is trying to undermine and destroy their faith, a Free Church minister in Scotland has said.

David Robertson, who is also the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, warned about the difference between secularists who are “simply about the separation of church and state” and a “new secularism which is much more militant and dangerous”.

Writing for the website Christian Today, Robertson explained: “The vast majority of the posts on secular message boards are anti-religious.

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“The main purpose is to attack religion in general, Christianity in particular and in very particular the Catholic Church and evangelicals.”

He said this attitude “quickly degenerates into personal abuse” if the comments are challenged.

The new secularism appears to come with ‘values’, Robertson argued, such as being pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia and pro-homosexuality.

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“Dare any one in public life suggest for example that marriage should be between a man and a woman and they are automatically decried as a homophobic bigot even (or perhaps especially) if they are homosexual and atheist”, he said.

Robertson commented: “The New Secularists want the complete neuterisation and privatisation of religion. They want only their views and values to be taught and allowed in public life.”

“We need to recognise the new secularism for what it is – an attempt to undermine and destroy Christianity.

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“We need to stand against its fundamentalism and we need to stand up for the poor, the young, the disabled and the marginalised (who most need the Good News), by proclaiming the gospel of Christ against the elitism and intolerance of our new fundamentalist atheists”, he said.

The last Census of 2011 found that less than 78,000 people (or 0.14 per cent of the population) identified themselves as secularist, atheist, humanists, agnostics or as a free thinker.

Colin Hart, Director of The Christian Institute, said of atheists: “This tiny group of people lays great claims to have their beliefs at the front and centre of our national life.”

“What the atheists lack in numbers, they certainly make up for in terms of their influence and boldness. They understand that their beliefs are a worldview which they are determined to impose on everyone else”, he added.

Quoted from The Christian Institute 

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5 Comments

  1. Like any “religion”, the secularist faith has its own fanatics and fundamentalists, and they are a huge danger to all of us. Militant, rigid, unyielding in their self-righteous, they indeed have destruction on their minds.

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    • My concern lies with Christians who may be oblivious to this just because they are happy just being Christians.People need to be informed and aware of the undercurrent against faith and more especially Christianity/Catholicism.

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  2. Mary Sturm

     /  May 28, 2014

    Is there a person or organization that maintains a list of links about these attacks so the danger will be obvious to anyone just now becoming aware?

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  3. The attacks detailed above are directed in many different ways on many different platforms. There is no list that I know of, but if you put your ear to the ground and take notice you will very quickly come to the realisation that this insidious form of attack abounds. The danger is really that no-one reacts to this pernicious form of exclusion and derision. The more people that are aware of it the better and their votes can do the talking in a very real way.

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  4. Esther Dingley

     /  June 5, 2014

    I’d like to play the devil’s advocate here. If there was no religion then there wouldn’t be problems like the one stated above in your post.
    I cannot think of one secular country, feel free to correct me, that has incarcerated or persecuted any Christian or member of any other faith.
    The only places where this kind if intolerance exists is in religious countries, ie. Muslim ones. It’s a case of one religion being intolerant of another.

    In the piece you’ve quoted, secularists, atheists, agnostics and free thinkers are referred to as militant and dangerous. I find this kind of language inflammatory and intolerant, which is surprising considering that it comes from people who call themselves Christians. Where is your tolerance and understanding of people who think differently to you?
    It also shows a lack of understanding of the people who belong to these groups. Yes, there are those atheists who are very vocal, just as there are Christians who are vocal about their beliefs. This doesn’t make atheists “militant”, they are just outspoken.
    Please give me an example of a “militant” atheist, because I cannot think of one that has committed any atrocities in the name of atheism, secularism, agnosticism or free thinking. Before you point out communism as an example , or any other genocidal maniac from history, may I remind you that none of the atrocities were committed in the name of atheism. I want recent examples of so called ” militant atheists”.

    As a free thinking secularist I think it’s important to separate religion from the state. England is home to many religions, which religion would you introduce into your country’s schools and laws?
    Religion should be kept in the home and in the churches. It has no business in education and government.

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