DESPITE the temptation, I’ve never succumbed to the lure of humanism. I subscribe instead to the Christian perspective, namely that Man is basically and fundamentally flawed (or “sinful”, if you will).
I recall a Christian poet (I think his name was Steve Turner but I’m prepared to be corrected) who defined humanist philosophy thus: “I believe that mankind is basically good – it’s just his behaviour that lets him down.”
That struck a chord with me at the time and ever since. This was brought back to me recently when I saw an ad over at Spiked Online for these T-shirts. I understand the message, and sometimes I wish I were optimistic enough to buy into it. But I’m not.