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The Humanist Religion, Part 2 (A Christian Manifesto Today #21)

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Our Christian Manifesto Today Passage from the Word of God today is Psalm 33:12 which reads: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance."

Our Christian Manifesto Today quote today is from Billy Graham. He said: "The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion."

In this podcast, we are using as our text: "A Christian Manifesto" by Francis A. Schaeffer. Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer writes on "The Humanist Religion" (Part 2):
The ruling of the Supreme Court in the Torcaso v. Watkins case in 1961 is instructive in another way. It shows that within the span of 28 years the Supreme Court turned radically from a Christian memory to the humanistic consensus. In 1933 in the United States v. MacIntosh case about conscientious objection, Justice Hughes stated in his dissent:

"The essence of religion is belief in a relation to God involving duties superior to those arising from any human relation….One cannot speak of religious liberty, with proper appreciation of its essential and historical significance, without assuming the existence of a belief in supreme allegiance to the will of God."

In 1965 in United States v. Seeger, also about conscientious objection, the Court held that the test of religious belief is a “sincere and meaningful belief which occupies in the life of its possessor a place parallel to that filled by the God of those admittedly qualifying for the exemption.” This, of course, is a drastic change away from the position of 1933.