There are a number of Christian concepts being imitated by secular religion.
Secularism is the most dominant false religion in the UK and it needs to be called out for what it is. It is growing quickly in many countries and so it is worth listing the features of this false religion, with links to articles explaining each one.
As a false religion, it has a Creation Myth, religious ceremonies, a confession of faith, heretics and the many other features of religion, including sects. It is aggressive and intolerant as demonstrated, for example, by secular repentance; see below.
- Peter Hitchens speaks of “the false religion of politics” but politics as such is not a false religion. Secularism is the false religion of atheism, which uses politics as a means of its enforcement. The Humanist Manifesto of 1933 explained that it was time to replace older religions and to establish a new religion which the Manifesto called ‘religious humanism’.
- Secularism has its own Creation Myth, along with its long list of doomsday Armageddon scenarios. These have developed from earlier scenarios of fire and flood to global plague from giant vermin, rats or super ants. Then the 20th century brought its own fears of nuclear disaster when the atomic bomb was developed, followed by geocataclysmic upheaval when tectonic plates were understood, or an asteroid strike when the Yucatán Peninsula crater was discovered and thought to explain the extinction of the dinosaurs. These scenarios developed into germ warfare when bacterial resistant to antibiotics developed. Added to this list is Artificially Intelligent robots, while global warming is the latest scare story. Welcome to cheery secularism. At least it keeps the film industry busy.
- Secularism is challenging hard to become the new Established Religion.
- The secular pulpit preaches daily to the nation.
- Our schools teach the secular catechism.
- Just as atheistic communism had what Bertrand Russell called ‘religious faith in the Marxian gospel’ with its ‘religious dogma’, which should ‘not be questioned but believed in’, with a morality that ‘the end justifies the means’, so it is no surprise to find secularism muscling in on ‘the religious slot’ in broadcast media and similar occasions.
- Secular theocracy as explained by Michael Portillo.
- Secular ceremonies for secular ‘namings’, weddings and funerals by secular celebrants. It has its Funday, a poor substitute for God’s weekly holiday.
- Secular morality: political correctness is the new morality, noticeably omitting the first four of the ten commandments and modifying the other six. Secular morality is selective. Moral inversion turns morality on its head; noticed by intelligent commentators.
- Secular sin is addressed in its new form as thought crime, with social services and educational establishments as the Thought Police.
- The penalty for secular sin.
- Secularism’s false doctrine about man’s natural goodness contradicts the Christian doctrine of original sin.
- Public secular confession imitates Christianity in public life.
- Secular repentance does not only change minds but unlike Christianity, the secular variety includes control freakery. Aggressive secularism comes in various guises, using the power of the state to advance its cause. The accusations of various phobias (homophobia, islamophobia and antisemitism) are being used to shut down criticism and to force endorsement of unchristian values; this ‘change of mind’ is secular repentance. Even retweeting a persona-non-gratia is claimed to be evidence of supporting a ‘phobia’ and can lead to immediate suspension by a political party.
- The secular Confession of Faith includes 1. I believe that there is no God. 2. I will promote the hypothesis of evolution as a proven fact until it becomes the prevailing paradigm. 3. I believe that religious experience is hallucination or an abnormal interpretation of natural phenomena. 4. I believe that I have control over my life and my death and the death of my unborn child. The secular catechism is taught in our schools.
- The secular Revolution in thought from Section 28 in 1988 to gender fluidity in 2017, under the guise of equality, is undoing the civil and religious liberties gained at great cost in the 16th European Reformation. Control freakery is running wild so that Christians are now on the run from a persecuting state.
- Jockeying with other forms of competitive religion, the National Secular Society (NSS) wants to remove hospital chaplains, continuing the ‘militant secularisation’ of Britain. The NSS aims to replace the Christian Establishment with a secular Establishment – exchanging one religion with another. In trying to remove Christianity from public and private life, the Centre for Secular Space wishes to take up the space, although it is losing out to islam in Britain.
- Secular love is not Christian love.
- Secular puritanism is one sect in secular religion. Secular puritanism is worse than Christian puritanism and has developed into ‘no platforming’ and BDS aggression.
- Secular toleration is not even a pale shadow of Christian toleration. It wishes to debar Christians from the political process.
- Secular swearing is part of the language battle to demean Christian terminology.
- Secular debate has its own secular censorship. Sensitivity readers are shutting down publishing choices and are worse than the Roman Catholic Index of Forbidden Books, which banned reading books which had been already published, whereas this new thought police want to stop contrary ideas being published in the first place. Secular cultural warfare is very different from Christian warfare against sin. It also bans topics and boycotts speakers from university campuses, called deplatforming or ‘no platforming’.
- Secular grief interferes with personal grief and is politically correct.
- The secular culture of death is creeping over society, increasing abortion, voluntary euthanasia and abuse of the elderly, and influencing the medical profession.
- Secular science wants no debate over its locked-in gains.
- Secular religion has its heretics. Antony Flew was the archbishop of atheism in the UK before Richard Dawkins assumed the mantle. When Flew changed his mind in his old age and in 2007 published a book There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, he was pilloried by his erstwhile friends. He moved from atheism to deism, but not to Trinitarian Christianity.
- Secular fears about the future have been as apocalyptic as the Bible, but not as optimistic as the Bible. Project Fear is a regular secular tool.
20 May 2019: others have identified secularism as a religion before me. Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, the 19th century Dutch politician and historian wrote: “… revolutions are here to stay and will grow much worse in scope and intensity unless men can be persuaded to return to Christianity, to practise its precepts and to obey the Gospel in its full implications for human life and civilized society. Barring such a revival, the future would belong to socialism and communism, which on this view were but the most consistent sects of the new secular religion.” He rejected politics ‘of the entire available spectrum of political positions, calling for a “radical alternative in politics, along anti-revolutionary, Christian-historical lines”.’ In other words, he advocated Christian politics.