Bodie Hodge is a speaker, author and researcher at Answers in Genesis and is a member of the editorial review board. He has been involved with many books and DVD's and is a regular speaker in the Creation Museum Speaker Series. He is the author, co-author or editor of numerous books including 'World Religions and Cults'.
The last volume in the 3 volume set of World Religions and Cults is now out. It covers the secular and atheistic religions. This includes secular humanism, communism and dualism; religions that are widespread in our culture.
At the start, Jim had Bodie comment on a very bold statement. Bodie believes that there are only two religions: God's and not God's. If it doesn't come from Him, one way or another, it comes through the mind of man, therefore in the end you have either the religion of God or the religion of man.
Bodie described our situation in the West as a slow, arduous takeover by secular religions. He noted that in the past, some people felt we could leave the Bible out when it came to certain subjects, like biology, geology, astronomy, history and logic. Before long that thinking began to permeate and before we knew it, the Bible and prayer was ripped out of schools. The result is that today our culture has a humanistic, secular thrust behind it.
Secularists and humanists will often claim they are non-religious. Bodie says if that's true, then they don't have a 'dog in the fight' when it comes to religious claims such as origins, which is a religious topic. So if someone says they believe in six-day creation, the humanist, if they're truly non-religious, should say, 'Good for you!” The problem is, they don't say that. They may claim there is no God and that everything came from a 'big bang'. In essence, this person is religious because they've elevated their thoughts above God and his Word and they've thrown the Bible out of the process.
Is science secular or Christian? We've been set up to believe that it's either science or the Bible. Bodie believes that the Bible is the basis from which we can do observable, repeatable science. Has anyone observed or repeated the Big Bang or evolution? No. In other words, if you can't observe it and repeat it, it's not science.
What is agnosticism, rationalism, humanism, Naziism and postmodernism? How do atheists and secular humanists justify a belief in morality, logic and reason when these things are abstract and do not fit within the confines of their materialistic worldview? These points and more are looked at on this interesting edition of Crosstalk.
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