In Sunday School, yesterday, we studied the first question of the shorter catechism.
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.
We acknowledged the fact that, unfortunately, not all people would agree with the shorter catechism on this point. One alternative view proposed by humanism is that mankind’s value and purpose are determined, not by God, but by what human reason and experience tell us.
Os Guinness, prolific writer and social critic, has written a very interesting survey of the decline of humanism provocatively titled, “The Striptease of Humanism.” The survey may be a bit challenging for some because there is a lot of ‘name dropping’ and it is rather philosophical. But those who are curious about history, philosophy, theology, and why the world is the way it is, will find this very profitable reading.
For those who do not have the time to read the article. Guinness’s study is also available as mp3 files, too.